Monday, April 24, 2006

Web Censorship Watch

Last Friday, Tunisian human rights activist Neila Charchour Hachicha published a piece for National Review Online decrying her country's inglorious record of censorship. As Michael Rubin noted for NRO's blog, The Corner, the Tunisian regime reacted swiftly to Ms. Charchour Hachicha's outrageous attempt to express her own opinions:

After Neila Charchour Hachicha published her article in NRO yesterday, the Tunisian government cut-off access to her website from within Tunisia; it can still be accessed from outside Tunisia. The Tunisian government can do this, she says, because of technical assistance provided by Cisco Systems and Nice Systems.

Once again, the same companies that justly tout the Internet as a tool of information empowerment show that they have no problem with helping dictatorial regimes censor it.


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