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Kuwait Lifts YouTube Block?

Reports that the ban has been lifted are unconfirmed, according to this morning’s Al Watan. So if the ban is lifted, who countermanded it?

Kuwait reportedly retracts YouTube block
Nancy Oteifa
Al Watan staff

KUWAIT: Unconfirmed reports indicated on Monday that a decision to block the online videoـsharing Web site YouTube has been revoked by the Ministry of Communications. According to a blogger writing under the name of ”Falantan” who claims to work for a local Internet Service Provider (ISP), officials at the Ministry of Communications held a meeting Monday morning to discuss the issue and consequently decided to revoke the decision.

Sources stated on Sunday that a memo had been issued by the Ministry of Communications to all local ISPs ordering them to block the Web site Youtube.com.
However, speaking to Al Watan Daily, local ISP Arab Telecom denied having received any memos from the Ministry of Communication asking them to block this site. “We didn”t get any orders from the Ministry of Communication about blocking YouTube but the minute we receive the memo we will immediately block YouTube,” a company representative stated.

Reports that the Web site was to be blocked generated heated reactions from many people in Kuwait, some of who stated that this is a blatant disregard of freedom of speech, while others claimed that any site that displays material that is disrespectful to Islam and the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) should rightfully be blocked.

September 23, 2008 - Posted by | Blogging, Community, ExPat Life, Free Speech, Kuwait, Living Conditions, News

6 Comments »

  1. Good.. lets hope its not a timely thing! It shouldnt be blocked.. if youtube get blocked, this will open the door for other sites to be censored/blocked! *Phew!*

    Comment by Ansam | September 23, 2008 | Reply

  2. There was never a memo. It was all made up.

    If you believe this “YouTube memo” then I got some WMD in Iraq to sell you.

    Comment by nibaq | September 23, 2008 | Reply

  3. […] intlxpatr wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptKUWAIT: Unconfirmed reports indicated on Monday that a decision to block the online video?sharing Web site bYouTube/b has been revoked by the Ministry of Communications. According to a blogger writing under the name of ”Falantan” who b…/b […]

    Pingback by Kuwait Lifts bYouTube/b Block? | September 23, 2008 | Reply

  4. lol @ nibaq 😀

    Comment by Amu | September 23, 2008 | Reply

  5. I just confirmed from our main contact with the MoC people, that he talked to the same person who’s name was signed at the bottom of the memo which was published in alJarida, asking him what should we do? should we proceed with the block? and the reply was and I quote “wait, the memo is on hold at the moment”.

    Comment by falantan | September 23, 2008 | Reply

  6. Falantan – your information seems to be the most cutting edge in this whole affair so far. I sure hope you are right.

    Ansam – you are right about that.

    Nibaq – Here is my problem. I would love to believe you. So the memo shows up in the newpapers, and there is a copy on Bashar’s blog. Where are you getting your information.

    Amu – If he is right, the situation is HILARIOUS.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 23, 2008 | Reply


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