Moroccans Cut Off From YouTube

Internet users in Morocco unable to access the video-sharing Web site YouTube since last week expressed fears that the government has stepped up its campaign to restrict independent media. Najib Omrani, a spokesman for state-controlled telecommunications provider Maroc Telecom, which supplies most Internet access in Morocco, blamed the problem on a technical glitch but could not explain why it affected only Google Incorporated's YouTube. Some Internet users were sceptical that a technical problem was to blame and noted that the site went down after users posted videos critical of Morocco's treatment of the people of Western Sahara, a territory that Morocco took control of in 1975 after Spain, the colonial power, withdrew.

At his accession to the throne in 1999, Moroccans hoped King Mohamed VI would usher in political and social freedoms absent under his father, the late King Hassan II. But key issues remain off-limits for public discussion, with Moroccan law still forbidding criticism of the monarchy, Islam and Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara. Many bloggers say a recent upsurge of YouTube videos criticizing Morocco's rule in Western Sahara may have spooked government censors. Over the past month Morocco has cracked down on students and activists from the territory, with police injuring and arresting dozens as they broke up pro-independence demonstrations. Protesters have posted dozens of videos of these and earlier clashes on YouTube.

News source: Physorg

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Lol. It's funny because all my friends in Morocco say Youtube.com works
Sahara is part of Morocco, and I think the article just wants to 'steal' land (sounds a bit paranoid).

Interesting fact I thought:
Sahara actually comes from the words Sahra. Which means Desert in Arabic. So in fact, saying Sahara desert is like saying desert desert.

Anyway whether Youtube.com works or not (as mentioned it DOES work).
It's irrelevant! Each country has it's own ways of running things. I'm sorry that the whole world can't follow 'the American way'. Each country needs to be given the chance to develop on its own and we should respect different views. Trust me, if Moroccans don't like the way things are, it'll change.

I've been to Morocco. It's beautiful. Even though ít's a Muslim country, there are clubs, alcohol, sexy women and so on. (just in case people are blindly dreaming of Afghanistan when they hear Muslim country)

"Internet users in Morocco unable to access the video-sharing Web site YouTube since last week expressed fears that the government has stepped up its campaign to restrict independent media"

It's working again and I was not surprised when it went off because recently Maroc Telecom (the biggest Moroccan internet provider) is experiencing serious problems with internet connections and especialy dns, I was not able to access a lot of sites a lot of times lately but when a big site like youtube went down it got over mediatized. pfffff

"Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara"

This is totally wrong : Morocco is not occupying western sahara because it's part of Morocco.

"Over the past month Morocco has cracked down on students and activists from the territory, with police injuring and arresting dozens as they broke up pro-independence demonstrations"

This is what I call biaze because you must know all the facts before judging blindly, I feel that the source is trying to mislead peaple : Over the past month there was a student killed in a the university campus of Errachidia (moroccan town in the south east) that's why logicly there will be arrestation for interrogation. The problem is that when police wanted to arrest some suspects originating from sahara they tried to bring up the neverending political speak to evade law. It's a pathetic way to blackmail the government and the whole country and it's unacceptable.