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 www.al-shora.net 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 (www.al-yemen.org) and the Yemen Sound site (www.yemen-sound.com), two chat forums popular with young people, were among those blocked at the end of August.The site www.hewarye.com, 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 www.mostakela.com, which then had 1,450 members, was also blocked. And a news site, www.nasspress.com, 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: www.rsfblog.org 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