Renewed concern about online censorship after authorities block access to opposition site

first_img Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions News News Follow the news on Yemen RSF_en January 6, 2021 Find out more YemenMiddle East – North Africa February 26, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about growing political censorship of the Internet in Yemen after the authorities blocked access to the opposition website on 24 February. The site regularly carries articles about corruption, human rights and the need for political and cultural reforms. Several websites and chat forums were temporarily blocked during last September’s presidential elections.“The government is increasingly resorting to the filtering of online content to prevent opposition political currents from disseminating their ideas,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As most newspapers and all the radio and TV stations are already controlled by the authorities, censuring the Internet has naturally become a priority for the government.”Abdul Karim Khaiwani, who edits the Al-Shura website and a weekly newspaper of the same name, is often harassed by the authorities. He was sentenced to a year in prison in September 2004 for supporting an uprising by Shiite leader Badr Eddin al-Hawthi and for libelling President Ali Abdallah Saleh. Freed under a presidential pardon in March 2005, he is still closely watched by the authorities.Access to several Yemeni websites and chat forums were blocked by the ministry of telecommunications and information in the run-up to last September’s presidential and local elections. The Yemeni Council site ( and the Yemen Sound site (, two chat forums popular with young people, were among those blocked at the end of August.The site, which was well known for supporting the president in the past, was blocked by the ministry a few weeks later without any explanation being given to those who run it. The same day, the chat forum, which then had 1,450 members, was also blocked. And a news site,, was temporarily banned on the grounds that its coverage of the presidential election was not satisfactory. Its was not unblocked until 24 September, after President Ali Abdullah Saleh had been reelected.——————Read our weekly “blog review” and create your blog with Reporters without borders: YemenMiddle East – North Africa March 5, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Renewed concern about online censorship after authorities block access to opposition sitecenter_img February 11, 2021 Find out more United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information to go further News Organisation News Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five monthslast_img read more

Sound Smart at a Party – July, 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Space TweetEver wanted to tweet E.T.? Instagram ALF? Now you can… for a price. Space tech start-up Lone Signal is using radio waves to send people’s 144-character messages to planets near red dwarf star Gliese 526—17.6 light-years away. The first message is free, while each subsequent text message costs one credit, and a photo costs three credits. Those interested in messaging their intergalactic relatives can buy four credits for 99 cents, or 4,000 credits for $99.99. Would-be space tweeters beware: Social media spam could invite alien invasion. And don’t hold your breath on quick replies. Any returning messages won’t arrive until 2050, giving humanity plenty of time to unfollow pissed-off extraterrestrials.[colored_box color=”yellow”]If the Sun were the size of a beach ball, then Jupiter would be the size of a golf ball and the Earth would be as small as a pea.[/colored_box]Fluffy CowsIt’s hard to imagine, but cows, high on the list of favorite farm animals, are being improved upon. Fluffy bovines from an Iowa farm went viral recently, causing the Internet to collectively coo over the cuddly looking cows. But don’t think that the glossy coats of these cows—used in show rings at state fairs—come easy. Like any beauty routine, it takes a lot of time (and blow dryers and hair spray) to give a cow that glamorous glow. In other bovine news, scientists at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland are trying to breed burp-less cows, because cow burps contain methane, which contributes to global warming. Wouldn’t it be easier to tell cows that burping is rude?To Clap or Not to ClapSwedish scientists have found that the length of applause depends on mob rule and has nothing to do with the quality of a performance. Think the next concert or play you attend deserves a standing ovation? Simply keep on clapping and everyone else will follow the lead. But, with great cheers comes great responsibility. The scientists also found that just as it takes one or two people to start applause, one or two people can stop clapping and end applause.Guinness Is Good For YouBathing suit season is here, which means beachgoers are looking for low-calorie beverages this summer. Among them? Guinness Draught. It has fewer calories than orange juice and the same amount of calories as skim milk. Twelve ounces of Guinness has 125 calories, while orange juice and skim milk have, on average, 155 calories and 125 calories. This is because, compared to milk and OJ, Guinness has zero fat, more plain water content and fewer proteins and sugars. Guinness also has fewer calories than a lot of other beers, including Coors and Budweiser, because it has 4-percent alcohol content per volume versus the 6-percent of other beers. Most of the calorie content in beer comes from alcohol.last_img read more