March, 2009

Stories from March, 2009

26 March 2009

Sudan: Activist arrested for his online support to ICC Arrest Warrant for Omar al-Bashir

On the night of March 5th, 2009, Sudanese security forces had carried out a raid on the house of internet activist and lawyer Abdel Hakim Abdel Rahman Nasr only few...

25 March 2009

China: Youtube confirms blocked. For what reason?

Update: Youtube unblocked in March 27 with country preference setting. While Chinese foreign ministry spokesman refused to confirm Youtube had been blocked and stressed that China is not afraid of...

22 March 2009

Planning International Day of Solidarity with Persecuted Bloggers

What:Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, an Iranian blogger, died tragically in prison on March 18, demonstrating the sad fact that a blogger’s life can be lost as easily as a blog...

21 March 2009

Iran: When the Internet is Viewed through a Filter

When it comes to filtering the internet, Iranian authorities target many political and social blogs and websites, depriving many from receiving information and expressing their ideas. However, the government does...

20 March 2009

China: Grass Mud Horse Disappeared in Google and Yahoo Search

Two days ago, a notice was distributed among online forum managers asking them not to continue the Grass Mud Horse Hyperbole by active moderation of posts. The latest report from...

19 March 2009

Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, Iranian blogger Dies in Prison

Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, a 29-year old Iranian blogger and journalist died in Evin Prison in Tehran on March 18. In December, he was sentenced to two and half years...

Maldives: Dissident And Anti-Islamic Sites Blocked

Several dissident and alleged anti-Islamic websites were filtered recently in Maldives. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs ordered the Telecommunication Authority of Maldives (TAM) to block access to those websites.

Kazakhstan: Filtering of the blogs expands

Blogs on mail.ru - popular Russian information, entertainment and mail portal - have become the second victim of blockage campaign in Kazakhstan after LiveJournal. Access via national telecom operator is...

17 March 2009

Mauritania: Online Journalist Arrested, News Website Blocked and Journalists Sit-in Attacked

Update: 18 March 2009- Abbass Ould Brahim was released after being held for three days, and the Taqadoumy website was allowed to reopen 24 hours after the Nouakchott prosecutor’s office...

UAE: YouTube Ban Possible, Goodbye Flickr

Bloggers in the UAE are worried that YouTube may be banned in the Emirates, after access to photography hosting site Flickr has been totally blocked. According to Press reports, YouTube...