A New Wave of Filtering in Tunisia

This morning, Global Voices Advocacy shared evidence of increasing filtering in Tunisia in a new article.  The new wave of crackdowns is reportedly targeting major social websites, video-sharing websites, blog aggregators, blogs, and Facebook pages and profiles.  According to the article, video-sharing sites have been hit hardest:

Last week, on April 22, 2010, Tunisia has added 3 more websites to its list of banned video-sharing websites in the country. Blip.tv, metacafe.com and vidoemo.com are not welcome anymore in the country. In early April, 2010, WAT.TV, another social networking and media-sharing website, which is believed to be the 3rd video broadcaster on the Internet in France, has also been blocked.

The targeting of video-sharing websites by Tunisian censors started on September 3rd, 2007, with the ban of Dailymotion, then it was the turn of Youtube to be banned from the country’s Internet on November 2nd, 2007.

The article also displays a number of Tunisian block pages for the aforementioned sites.

Herdict users in Tunisia: are you seeing this filtering?  Please report it to Herdict.org.  You may also e-mail or tweet your reports to Herdict.

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About the Author: Jillian York

Jillian C. York is the Project Coordinator for the OpenNet Initiative and the part of the Herdict team that you should contact if you have any questions about other-language instances of the site or international press. She created most of the textual content on the site, so if you spot something funny, let her know! She's also the face behind the @Herdict Twitter feed.

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