Egypt: Twitter Blocked as Demonstrations Continue

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

The blocked Twitter page

The blocked Twitter page Egyptians get when they try and access Twitter

Egypt has just upped its war on the Internet, and cut access to mobile phone communications, in areas where thousands of protesters are reportedly gathering in today's Day of Revolution. The aim seems to be an attempt to control the flood of protesters and strangle the movement.

Demonstrations have sprung across the country today, with calls for the end of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule, corruption, economic failings as well as other grievances. Word of the protests and gathering points have been announced on social networking sites, including microblogging site, Twitter, which has been blocked by the authorities.

Such censorship has sparked the anger of activists, especially since it is the first time in Egypt's history that such heavy-handedness is used to silence people online. The move is a stark reminder of the iron fist with which ousted Tunisian strongman Zeine El Abidine Ben Ali clamped down on the Internet, in neighbouring Tunisia, whose uprising has inspired millions of Arabs.

From Cairo, Eman Hashim tweets:

mubarak regime is blocking internet access to us. keep spreading the word. we are being trapped #25jan

She adds:

Twitter is banned now from home DSL and soon from mobiles. we r being trapped

Mohamed ElGohary adds:

TWITTER IS BLOCKED IN EGYPT #Jan25

And Alaa Abd El Fattah is livid and screams:

reminder THERE IS NOTHING IN EGYPTIAN LAW THAT ALLOWS FOR BLOCKING WEBSITES. not a single clause, the ISPs are responding to illegal orders

Rami Raoof suggests a way of by passing the block:

netizens in #Egypt- if you want to access Twitter.com & Bambuser.com download TOR from http://torproject.org #Jan25

Phone lines seem to be jammed too.

Sally Sami reports:

Just left tahrir square. Tear gas being bombed and all mobile lines not working mostly #jan25

And adds:

Mobinil lines present in tahrir square have been disconnected #jan25

And news sites are also being filtered, to stop news of the protests from spreading.

Jordanian Tololy notes:

Dostor.org (independent news website covering #Jan25 protests live) blocked for the 2nd time in #Egypt #ArabProtest

And Suad Al Subaie adds:

Pictures of Husni Mubarak have been torn down in public. 100+ arrested. 3 Major news channels prevented from covering #Egypt #jan25

For more on the developments in Egypt, follow the hashtag #Jan25

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

23 comments

  • […] ここ数日、抗議活動を進めるエジプト人たちは、ソーシャル・メディア・ツールを組織活動や情報の拡大に活用していたが、アクセスに際してさまざまな障害に直面することにもなった。 報道によると、1月25日にツイッターがブロックされ、次の日にフェイスブックがブロックされた。27日には、両サイトには散発的にしかアクセスできなくなった。 抗議活動の予定日である1月28日金曜日のカイロ時間午前1:00前後に、カイロやアレグザンドラに住むエジプト人からインターネットにアクセスできなくなったという知らせがもれ聞こえ始めた。数分後に、@iman_said がツイートした: CNN もインターネットがエジプト全域でダウンしていることを確認している。エジプトは今完全なブラックホールだ。#jan25 #egypt #SHAME […]

  • […] المعلومات الا أنهم واجهوا بعض العقبات العديدة حيث تم الإعلان عن حجب موقع تويتر في الخامس والعشرين من يناير كما تم حجب موقع الفيس بوك […]

  • […] ireo sy hanapariahany vaovao, nisy ihany koa ireo sakantsakana maro nianjady taminy: Ny 25 Janoary, voatatitra fa voasakana ny Twitter, narahin'ny Facebook ny andro manaraka.  Ny 27, dia nitsitaitaika ny fahafahana miditra […]

  • […] blocked access to Facebook, as part of its clampdown on the transfer of information, following yesterday's protests. Also, yesterday, it blocked access to Twitter, jammed mobile communications in areas protesters […]

  • […] تساوى ألف تويت خاصةً عندما يكون موقع تويتر محجوب في مصر لمنع نقل أي معلومات عن المظاهرات التي تحدث في مصر […]

  • nagla fahim

    I was never a good politician and could hardly remember the last time i read a political article ….. but that has nothing to do with my patriotic emotions … I have heard a comment few days ago that “political issues has nothing to do with emotions but with the interest of the people”
    U knows what…. I kept thinking about this philosophic commentary when I come to a point that in spite of the face that somehow this statement sound realistic but still we human kind and should reason ….and that means a lot , reasoning would make us put everything in its right place and in its true prospective which is …. dont look back , start to make a new start on which we all should focus on regardless to all the pain we used to have years ago , so as to print a real success .

  • […] 25 de enero jamuqanakana. Mä jamuqax waranq tweets ukharüwa, kunapachatix aka Egipto markanx Twitter jark’antawapxi ukhax jan kuna unxtasiwinakat […]

  • […] regime first shut down access to Twitter when protests first started on January 25, then Facebook on January 26, before turning off the […]

  • […] Nanakatona ny fidirana amin'ny Twitter aloha ny fitondrana Mubarak raha vao niandoha ny fihetsiketsehana tamin'ny 25 Janoary , avy eo ny Facebook tamin'ny 26 Janoary 26, nialoha ny nanakatonana ny aterineto tamin'ny 28 Janoary. […]

  • […] 시위가 일어난 1월 25일, 무바라크 정권은 트위터 연결을 끊는 것을 시작으로, 1월 26일 페이스북 접속을 차단했다. 이어 1월 28일에는 아예 […]

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