Dead Link: Syrian Minister of Communications Fired for Excessive Banning of Internet Sites (Update)

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A few weeks ago I blogged about how Facebook had been blocked in Syria because it allowed users too much access to global portals and engagement in free speech. It was also alleged that too many Israelis were participating in Syrian social networks.

AmrNazirSalem You may be interested to know that the minister who banned Facebook has just been fired. Imad Abdul-Ghani Sabbouni will now replace Amr Nazir Salem (left) as the Syrian Minister of Communications.

Now no one is saying that Facebook is the straw that broke the camel’s back, but there is commentary that people who counted were annoyed that major Syrian websites, such as All4Syria.org and Elaph.net, an online Arab newspaper, had been banned. The official reason for the minister’s dismissal are unknown.

(And by the way, I didn’t aim for a mug shot lookalike, that’s the minister’s official government snapshot. You might also be interested to learn that the Syrian government site is not so navigable.)

Thanks to Tamara of MidEast Youth for the update.

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