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Morocco: YouTube is Back; Maroc Telecom Subscribers are Elated

MidEastYouth broke the news this evening that YouTube, which had been blocked by Maroc Telecom, Morocco's leading internet provider, has been restored to subscribers. It seems that the blogging community, with the help of bigger sites like this one, helped to get the story noticed by majors like Reporters Without Borders. Youssef of MidEastYouth says:
“As of today, all customers of Maroc Telecom gained back access to Youtube.
Why? Because the Moroccan blogosphere finally woke up and protested the ban.
We collectively started screaming and joined hands in letting the world know how Maroc Telecom treats freedom of speech.
That it treats freedom of speech even worse than the government.
It is not an all-out victory though. Google Earth and Livejournal are still blocked.
But we at least overturned the Youtube-bock, with our own voices and actions.
Nearly all active Moroccan bloggers protested and helped out. Male, female, black, white, Moroccan or expat.
And that is something to be applauded.”

1 comment

  • elmahdi oummih

    I dont really think that the government was in on this block. I really think it was a low level clerical mistake by some pencil pusher. I think that if the decision had been made at a higher level, it would not have been overturned. I would love for all of us to congratulate each other on getting a ban overturned, but in this particular situaiton, i really think someone acted without getting an ok.

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