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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.