Censorship at the source

Welcome to the internet future in the Middle East and North Africa:

In addition to blocking blogs and arresting bloggers, a new form of censorship has started to emerge in the Middle East and North Africa: blog-hosting services removing blogs from their servers.

Arab bloggers complain that the major blog-hosting services, Maktoob Blog and Jeeran Blog, have removed popular blogs without providing any explanations or prior notice.

For example, bloggers reported that Jeeran Blog has removed a blog run by a Lebanese blogger because it contains sensitive political content. One of the bloggers who reported (Arabic) the blog removal asked Jeeran Blog to let the public know if the blog-hosting service is under pressure from the Arab political regimes.

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