Syria blogger arrest condemned

The United States on Wednesday condemned the arrest of bloggers in Syria, saying the actions contradicted the regime's recent moves to lift restrictions on access to social media.

By - February 24, 2011
Syria blogger arrest condemned

“The United States strongly condemns the arrests by the Syrian government of a number of bloggers, including Ahmad Aboul-Kheir and Kamal Hussein Sheikho in addition to recently Tal Al-Mallouhi,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said.

Ahmad Hadifa, a journalism student known as Ahmad Aboul-Kheir, was arrested February 19. His blog explained how to circumvent authorities’ attempts to block access to websites, and carried articles about the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

Kamal Cheikho, a Kurdish militant and blogger detained since last June, has gone on a hunger strike, the Syrian Human Rights Observatory said Sunday.

Tal Al-Mallouhi, 19, was sentenced last week to five years in prison. She was accused of working for the CIA, an accusation that Crowley rejected as “preposterous.”

“The Syrian government’s decision to arrest bloggers is contradictory to recent steps taken by the Syrian government to open social media sites to its citizens,” Crowley said.

Syria was 173rd of 178 countries in a 2010 ranking of press freedom around the world by Reporters Without Borders, eight rungs lower than in 2009 because of its stepped up controls over the Internet.

 

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Do you support tax rebates for broadband investment in South Africa?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Email is a problem, and Google is okay with that

Email

Despite the rise of social networks and messaging apps, email continues to be the dominant mode of written electronic communication

Adware or Malware – what is Lenovo pushing?

Keys

While some software such as virus scanners can be useful, Lenovo has discovered just how badly it can backfire when including insufficiently tested – or just plain malicious – software

Samsung – in breach of its own privacy policy?

Samsung logo on backplate

After news emerged that Samsung’s smart TV has the ability to record personal conversations, the company quickly amended its privacy policy. But are these changes legal in South Africa?

ANC to SABC – show Jacob Zuma more love

SABC Freddie Mercury Another One Bites the Dust

Party spin doctors reportedly want to ‘reclaim’ the public broadcaster to polish the president’s halo.

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
X
bool(true)