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Morocco: Reporters Without Borders reports Maroc Telecom blocked access to YouTube, possibly over videos of protests for independence of Western Sahara - now accessible again; Maroc Telecom says "technical problem" was responsible

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30 May 2007

YouTube again accessible via Maroc Telecom

Author: Reporters Without Borders

The video-sharing site YouTube is again accessible after being blocked since 25 May. Moroccans using the state-owned Maroc Telecom as their Internet Service Provider had been deprived of YouTube since last week, but not those using the privately-owned ISPs Wana and Meditel... A Maroc Telecom spokesperson talked of a “technical problem” but videos parodying the monarchy or showing Sahrawi protesters may also have been the reason.

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30 May 2007

YouTube site returns to Morocco

Author: Associated Press

Moroccans were able to access the video sharing Web site YouTube on Wednesday for the first time since access was blocked last week…Najib Omrani, a spokesman for the state-controlled telecommunications company Maroc Telecom, said Moroccans were unable to access YouTube due to a technical glitch, but could not explain its nature or why it affected only the YouTube site. Many Moroccans said government censors had been spooked by a spate of videos recently posted on YouTube purportedly showing Moroccan police beating and arresting activists from Western Sahara…

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27 May 2007

Morocco: YouTube is Blocked, and the Blogoma is Not Happy

Author: Jillian York, Global Voices

Late Friday night, a Moroccan in Washington D.C. broke the news that YouTube had been blocked in Morocco... 'Au début était le blog'...expressed dismay over the censure:... "The YouTube site is quite simply censored in Morocco by Maroc Telecom, [51%-owned] subsidiary of the Vivendi multinational [Vivendi Universal]! You read correctly: censorship still occurs in Morocco."... Youssef at Maghrebism [a website, wrote:]..."Vivendi Universal has its own department of Sustainable Development, promoting dialogue and social responsibility. Clearly they don’t promote that through the block of a major website?"

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