Syria blocks human rights blog-Global Voices

January 26, 2009

Syria blocks personal blog of Human rights activist
Sami Ben Gharbia
Global Voices Advocacy: Jan 19, 2009

http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2009/01/19/syria-blocks-personal-blog-of-human-rights-activist/

Syrian authorities have blocked access to the personal blog of the 26-year-old Syrian human rights activist and blogger Mohammad Al-Abdallah who is blogging at Raye7wmishRaj3 (I’m Leaving and I’m Not Coming Back). Syrian Netizens can access the blocked blog via HTTPS or simply by visiting the mirror blog at http://rwmr.wordpress.com/.

Al-Abdallah had twice been arrested for reporting on Syria’s human rights situation and for campaigning to free his jailed Father Ali Al-Abdallah – member of Damascus Declaration – by constituting the Committee for Families of Political Prisoners in Syria. Mohammad Abdallah and his father Ali were released from prison on 4 October 2006 after completing a six-month prison sentence for “criticizing the state of emergency laws”.

On March 18th, 2006 Mohammad Al-Abdallah’s brother, Omar, was arrested by Air Force Intelligence officers for reporting information online on the collective blog Syrian Domari and sentenced to five years in prison by the Syrian authorities. Air Force Intelligence officers have learned the password of Syrian Domari weblog and deleted it completely.

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