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Free Ali

Demanding the release of Bahraini blogger Ali Abdulemam

Politics & Policies: The other Mideast revolt

From : The Washington Times & United Press International
Modern communications is breaking down the gates of censorship in the Middle East, helping spread democracy by denying governments the monopoly they once held on dissimulating information. Now, a growing trend - the proliferation of blogs - is making it all that much harder for governments to police the free-flow of data. In Bahrain, webmaster Ali Abdulemam was arrested Sunday for comments that were published on his site, Bahrainonline.org, a site previously shut down by the Information Ministry in 2002. The government's censure of the Web site proved futile. Friends of the Bahraini blogger simply set up another server outside the country, making it impossible for local authorities to take further action, and allowing local Web surfers to continue to view the site.


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