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Sudan bans YouTube website


August 1, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese authorities have banned, the YouTube, a video sharing website joining other five countries in the world.

Since 22 July, Internet users in Sudan have been unable to access the site, instead receiving an error message stating that the site was blocked by the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC).

Sudan is the latest in a list of countries that has banned YouTube, a list that includes Turkey, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, and Syria.

A Cairo based Arab rights network, The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounced the ban and urged the government to lift it and to put an end to its policy of prohibiting the circulation of information on the Internet.

Sudan did not provide any explanation for ban. However YouTube has recently become a key tool for political activists.

A number of video clips have been posted with footage of Sudanese security personnel beating and torturing minors, who were arrested and detained following the 10 May armed attack on the capital, Khartoum, by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebels.

Mass arrests in Khartoum of perceived supporters of the Darfur rebel group followed the attack.

The blocking of YouTube was criticised throughout the country and a number of journalists and activists have launched online protest campaigns.


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  • 2 August 2008 10:19, by Yaak Barach

    What a disgraceful act by the NCP dogs!!!!! As a youtube fan i find it insulting that anybody could ban this beautiful website which provides entertainment among others because of their own political agenda.

    This is one of the reasons why residents in South Sudan will definitely vote for independence comes the 2011 referendum. I mean we need press freedom and corporations that are not influenced by the government interference.

    Once again shame on the NCP islamists for banning this crucial source of information and entertainment.

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    • 2 August 2008 22:50, by child soldier

      Thank’s home boy,and that’s what it say’s in Islamal quraan,that the last chapter,is al Qaida,which mean’s’jehad. To kill an incent person and take what ever he/she had to enrich your life. God the almighty say’s that,thy shall not kill,iam not tring to be smart,but the truth doe’s hurt for a man kind. tell them to open the book of life,which is the Bible. El naby Ezaia chapter 18,it does discribed us as a tall,smoth skined people,which is the kuch nation,from the earth of kanan to sudan,because they were looking to raise there cattle’s,water them,and have a good life,according to there own princible’s and tradition’s. And they chose sudan,the name sudan mean’s al sud’which mean’s[Black’s earth. After all we welcomed everybody,but they inpersinated us,cause we were rich,mantally’phyisically,emotionaly,plus our own kindness to other’s. how long will this last toward a man kind to understant the word[LIFE],IT mean’s[leave inssurance for ever],and let GOD the almighty finish what he did.iam so sorry if i talked too much,but that’s what i understant in life. Thank’s to everyone who paid attention to this matter,spacially the international community,which is the UN.

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    • 28 October 2013 15:45, by negruvoda

      I read similar articles about these companies and about advertising in general on www.inspiriamedia.com. They gave the readers more details and other examples.

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  • 2 August 2008 12:51, by Allaman Ikoilaman

    That is very illogical move, with naived understanding of the importance of the website. I too, condemn the act and it should be debated and be lifted so that people all over the Globe should know types of regimes hiked with human rights abuses, crimes against human beings.

    Sudan government wants to continue clearing masses in the pheripherial regions, commiting genocidal acts with impunity. By banning the site, seems to them as an impetus from blocking human rights watchdogs the access to news in particular Sudan’s stand to Darfur crimes. That is very unfair indeed for a type of a regime to abuse the freedom of press of it’s citizens.

    NCP, should wait how our southern Sudan will be a liberal State, a State that will respect and empower it’s citizens, comes 2011. To hell with Unity and NCP. We can’t and shall never accept any naked plolicy of Unity this time, our eyes and minds are far different from those of 70’s, very open and an Arab can’t reason with Southerners of this era. We shall not make history to repeat its self because we are never ignorant, only stupid and ignorant people will repeat stupid things.

    My fellow southerners, enough is being termed to be enough. Let us proof beyond doubts the missconceptions of these invaders that, we can rule and govern ourselves, our land and borders from any aggressive acts. To bring down all those, we need to unite and simply opt for separation at the polling stations of Southern Sudan, that is where we shall never relapse back to arms like the darked days.

    That doesn’t take me away from the topic of Youtube, which the criminal government in the North had banned. That is oblivious and intriquing to the people and the journalists of Sudan. Sorry to have such an adaman regime in our time, but time will come for it be wipped out from ruling, just after 1 and a half months, the Pre-trial Chamber will issue an arrest warrant for Omer and later to be for Taha for masterminding Criminal and ethnic cleansing of Darfurian tribes. Taha is even the Commander of Janjaweeds but from afar.

    Remember the time Karadzic was on hideouts and he is now in Hague!. All of you will reach the same place, however lengthy the time it will take.


    Ofonik Zachary Abingmoi.

    Juba, South Sudan.

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    • 2 August 2008 19:27, by Lago Gatjal Riaka

      You are now giving up on New Sudan huh!!!!! Where are the SPLM fellows in southern Sudan? Still want New Sudan regardless of the decision taken by the Sudanese government to ban Youtube video?

      I hope you would now understand that New Sudan would never be achieved without acceptance from the Arab decents or Muslims.

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      • 4 August 2008 12:15, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

        Lago Gatjal Riaka, is this your name or...

        We are are going to acheive New Sudan without the acceptance from the arabs decent or Muslims!. Who are these arabs?. Why so naive?.

        We are now after them and must not give them time till we acheives New Sudan!.

        Thinks about it, I know you are their ambassider.

        Be bless,

        Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tribalism.

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  • 10 October 2013 10:32, by negruvoda

    There are many other websites like YouTube, that have similar content. Also if you know something about computers and IT, you can create your own website like this one. The Web Design and Hosting is the easy part, after that you will have to work at it for some couple of months to make it popular.

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