Friday, May 27, 2011

Tunisia orders blocking of pornographic websites

A Tunisian court ordered the Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI) to proceed to block all pornographic sites, filtered under Ben Ali, but freely available since January. This ruling follows a complaint filed a week ago by three lawyers, who say that these sites pose a danger to younger and are contrary to Islamic values.

According to the Tunisian site, Business News, September pornographic sites have appeared in recent months in the top 100 most visited sites in the country. If the ban is upheld, it would be the second case of censorship on the Internet since the fall of the regime of Ben Ali, January 14.

In early May, several sites had been blocked by the ITA on the orders of a military court, for reasons still unclear. The former activist and blogger Slid Amamou, became Minister of Youth of the interim government in January, announced his resignation this week. Figurehead of the fight against censorship, Mr.

Amamou was part of the founders of the Pirate Party of Tunisia and believed it would be "more useful outside the government."

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