Libya blocks access to Youtube and independent websites

unblock-youtube-libya.jpgOn January 24th, 2010, Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT) has blocked access to the popular video sharing website Youtube and to several Libyans based abroad political and independent websites such as Libya Al Youm, Al Manara, Jeel Libya, Akhbar Libya,and Libya Al Mostakbal.

And while Google didn't confirm the ban of it's service in Libya, the Libyan al-Manara newspaper reported, citing an informed source in the LLT, that the ban is temporary and was meant “to ease pressure on the Network by the users of the website [Youtube] inside Libya“.

However, and according to Human Rights Watch it seems that Youtube was blocked after videos of family members of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and of demonstrations in Benghazi by families of prisoners who were killed in Abu Salim prison in 1996, were published on the video sharing website.

The move has worried Libyan bloggers who fear that the ban will be expanded to include their personal blogs. Some Facebook groups, like “We want YouTube back in Libya“, have been set up to protest the ban and provide instructions for how to use proxy servers to bypass it.


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  • Mike

    Best news I have heard all day. The first world leader to stop the sewer leak before it got into his country. Now if someone could just put a muzzle on Julian Assange, the world be a safer place.

  • Mike

    So, is the block still happening?

  • How do I bypass this blocked website on my ipad

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