Egypt moves to cut access to Internet

Posted in: Censorship at 28/01/2011 19:02

Opposition activists in Egypt vowed to defy a government ban and turn out by the thousands for demonstrations Friday, prompting authorities to apparently cut access to the Internet in an attempt to limit their ability to organize.

Egyptian officials started cutting Internet access in the country early Friday, and also moved to disable text messaging services and disrupt cellphone networks, according to a U.S. official.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/25/AR2011012500866.html

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Egypt appears to have cut off almost all access to the internet from inside and outside the country from late on Thursday night, in a move that has concerned observers of the protests that have been building in strength through the week.

"According to our analysis, 88% of the 'Egyptian internet' has fallen off the internet," said Andree Toonk at BGPmon, a monitoring site that checks connectivity of countries and networks.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jan/28/egypt-cuts-off-internet-access

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Internet services in Egypt have been disrupted and the government has deployed an elite special operations force in Cairo, hours before an anticipated new wave of anti-government protests.

The developments were a sign that President Hosni Mubarak's regime was toughening its crackdown following the biggest protests in years against his nearly 30-year rule.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/8287737/Egypt-protests-internet-service-disrupted-before-large-rally.html

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The developments were a sign that President Hosni Mubarak's regime was toughening its crackdown following the biggest protests in years against his nearly 30-year rule.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/01/28/world/middleeast/AP-ML-Egypt-Protest.html

Journalists targeted by police violence, arrests
Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns police use violence against journalists covering Egypt's street protests. It is hard to establish exactly how many journalists have been arrested or physically attacked by police officers in the past 48 hours. According to the latest information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, more than a dozen journalists have been arrested.

We urge the Egyptian authorities to allow journalists to work without fear of being arrested or attacked by those who are supposed to protect them. We also call for the immediate release of all the media workers still being held and an end to the blocking of communications. It is essential for the Egyptian people to have access to reliable information about the events of the past few days.
http://en.rsf.org/egypt-journalists-targeted-by-police-27-01-2011,39411.html

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