Apr 7, 2008

Blogger Censorship Dubai

Dubai’s government doesn’t like blogger. It appears the government has been intermittently blocking blogger altogether, which explains why my posts were a bit sporadic last week.

The censorship is somewhat random. One of the agencies I recently started submitting photography to is blocked while the others are not.

I’m writing and posting this from Heathrow Airport where I have a layover before flying home to New York.

Plenty to follow on decadent Dubai, where I spent a fabulous week. It’s a place of diversity-80% of the people who live there are expats. I wore my feet out exploring it and some of the surrounding emirates but dipping them in the clear waters of the temperature-perfect Arabian Sea perked them right up.

5 comments:

Prêt à Voyager said...

saw this for you:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/04/06/travel/06hours.html?8td&emc=tda1

Wendy said...

Hi Anne,
Thanks for the link.

Debo Hobo said...

How nice...I look forward to reading your write-up on it. Perhaps you could also do a guest post about it on my blog. Visit the Guest Post Categorie in my sidebar to find out how. :)

Wendy said...

Hi Debo Hobo,
Thanks for stopping by. I'll take a look.

laradunston said...

Hi Wendy

Glad to hear you enjoyed Dubai!

I hope you used one of my books while you were there ;) and didn't follow that dreadful NYT piece (sorry, Anne :) but it's terrible - I'm going to have to post on it).

Blogger isn't banned generally - my friends read mine regularly - it's just certain sites. The usual reasons are that they feature anything anti-Islamic, nudity, sex/pornography, excessive bad language, and any mention of that country that invaded Lebanon last summer with the star of David flag (won't mention it in case it gets you banned!).

If you live in Dubai and you object to a site/blog they've banned and explain why, they'll generally remove the ban and make it accessible.