Syria intensifying Internet crackdown: watchdog

The National Organization for Human Rights in Syria has noted the country's government has stepped up its censorship of the Internet, blocking access to a string of websites critical of the regime, including some run by leading dailies. Sites blocked by firewalls within Syria include the Saudi-owned pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat (The Middle East) and the Beirut newspaper Al-Mustaqbal (The Future) run by the family of slain Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri. E-mail provider Hotmail has also been blocked since July 17 last year, the watchdog added. "Freedom of the Internet is regressing in Syria after the authorities blocked access to a string of independent websites," the group complained.

News source: Physorg

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I went to Syria about 3 years ago and got to witness first hand the censorship of the Internet there. The thing is, especially in the bigger cities like Damascus and Aleppo, every single Internet cafe used proxy servers to access blocked sites. Also, Hotmail has been blocked since at least 3 years since we were not able to access it.