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YouTube banned in Morocco for five days

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 30 May 2007 19:22 User comments (6)

YouTube banned in Morocco for five days YouTube has just been unbanned by the Moroccan government after citizens were unable to access the popular video-sharing website, owned by Google, for about five days. The site reportedly was unavailable in the country from May 25th after videos were posted by the Western Saharan independence movement that showed Moroccan police beating female independence protesters.
Many videos with different political views on the country are available on YouTube, some calling for independence and others calling for continued violence against protests. The country's King is also mocked in many of the videos. Maroc Telecom, owned by the Government, claimed that the site was unavailable due to a "tecnical fault" however.

Many have been left asking how exactly a technical fault would leave just one website inaccessible for five straight days. It is fairly clear to the people that the site was banned due to the videos. Reporters San Frontieres welcomed the change of heart from the government.

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6 user comments

130.5.2007 22:14

Well thats what you get from a government controlled by the wims of only one person. No offense to anyone living in those kinds of countries, just my personal thought.

230.5.2007 23:40

same sentiments as Weirdname it happens in a form of a dictatorship. Sad that the countries population can not have freedom of information and to make their own minds up of what is really happening.

330.5.2007 23:56

ZOMG!! freedom of thought is EVIL!!


431.5.2007 6:46

Anyone have the link to the videos in the article?

531.5.2007 10:07

All your thought are belong to us!

628.6.2007 6:57

Goes back to being held accountably for your actions. If you are going to beat the crap out of somebody, you better have a good answer for why you did it.

Doesn't make it right, but still.

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