This falls under the category “Not Europe” here at AFEM but on the internet the world is a global village and one of the voices in that village has just been silenced, albeit in his own neighbourhood, along with a few others. Mahmood from the Bahrain weblog Mahmood’s Den was presented with a site blocking order and, as he wrote yesterday:
I just heard confirmed news that this site (Mahmoodâ€™s Den) will be blocked effective immediately, together with 6 others (donâ€™t know which yet) by order of the Minister of Information. The memo has been printed and delivered to all the ISPâ€™s this afternoon apparently. I am yet to receive my copy. But if I go off the air for too long, you know the reason, and itâ€™s not inconceivable that prisons will be used to silence criticism.
This is not good. And really bad PR for the Bahrain government.
Update (November 6th): Mahmood has been unblocked. Long live Bahrain!