Arabs Using Internet Against Authorities

(Los Angeles Times) Megan K. Stack - In Egypt, opposition movements have used the Internet against President Hosni Mubarak, posting street maps to guide people to anti-government demonstrations. Bahraini bloggers are battling the Information Ministry to keep their freewheeling debates alive, and to keep themselves out of prison. In Libya, Tunisia and Syria, too, online politicking has landed people in prison. Arab governments appear determined to censor cyber-critics and silence unwelcome online voices. They've jailed bloggers, blocked websites, and asked Internet cafe owners to spy on their customers. But it's not working. The Internet has turned into a virtual debate hall crammed with lengthy screeds, cutting language, and calls for rebellion.

2005-09-16 00:00:00

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