Tunisia: And They Censored Arabicca!

The Tunisian blogger Fatma Arabicca, who was arrested two months ago, resumed blogging a few days ago, and more specifically on Sunday, January 17, 2010 . But she was surprised to discover that her blog was censored by the authorities on Friday, January 22, 2010. So, the blog, with a single post, has been censored in less than a week as this link shows.

Bloggers were quick to express their opposition to this censorship. Khannouf wrote:

Le nez bouché, le regard embué par un rhume et la tête fiévreuse, par une colère, entre autres : Fatma vient d’être censurée. Après ses tracas, avec courage son blog est ressuscité par un billet « unique » posté le 17 janvier, et 53 commentaires furent reçus pleins d’enthousiasme de retrouver cette jeune femme au verbe franc.

A stuffy nose, eyes clouded by a cold and a feverish head from anger. Indeed, Fatma has been censored. After the troubles she experienced, with courage her blog is resurrected by a lone note posted on January 17, and 53 enthusiastic comments welcoming a sincere and brave young woman.

La7mer commenting on the block notes:

بربي آش فمة ؟ علاش عاودو سكرولك مدونتك .. آش صار ؟ حسب ما قاعد نشوف على الصفحة ما فما حتى ربع سبب !؟
By God I don't understand. Why did they shut your blog again? What happened? As far as I can see, I don't see anything on the page that would give them even a quarter of an excuse to censor it.

News was quick to move to Twitter, where users informed one another of the block. Here are some tweet shots about the matter :arabica censure

But Fatma Arabicca is not the only victim of censorship today as journalist Sofiene Chourabi has seen his blog For a Democratic, Social, and Solidarity Tunisia being censored for the fourth time in two months.

So US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was not wrong when she mentioned Tunisia among the countries controlling and limiting the access to internet in her speech about internet freedom delivered at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.


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