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  • sami ben gharbia 12:27 pm on May 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Free Monem Campaign 

    Free Monem Campaign

    Dear Fellow Activists,

    As the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day an Egyptian blogger, Abdel Monem Mahmoud, sits in jail, his only crime his desire for a more open Egyptian society. We cannot let the regime succeed in silencing him.  We have to show the Egyptian regime that when you imprison a blogger, you don’t silence his voice, you AMPLIFY it! By taking action! Here’s what you can do:

    1. Watch the protest video. Share it with your friends.

    Global Voices Advocacy Director Sami Ben Gharbia has created a video which powerfully explains the reasons for the detention of Monem and demands his freedom. View it. Share it. Post it on your blog: http://www.YouTube.com/watch?v


    2. Add the Free Monem quote randomizer badge to your blog’s sidebar.

    Yeah, we think it’s pretty cool.  Activist tech guru Astrubal has created a sidebar badge which cycles through a stream of Monem’s blog quotes (à la Amnesty’s Irrepressible campaign). Fortunately for us, Monem is an eloquent writer. Here’s a taste:

    “We [Egyptians] claimed freedom for others and forget our own freedom”

    “If I taught a woman to wear a veil, I should teach her to claim her right to enter the university wearing the veil.”

    “Freedom is now an obligation and should be implemented before Sharia’a”

    Yeah, we think he’s pretty inspiring too. The symbol of a brighter future for the Middle East, in fact. So let’s make sure he gets his freedom, not just by posting his words on World Press Freedom Day, but by broadcasting his words every day. You can get the badge here on our “banner and badges” page or you can just insert the following embed code into your blog:

    Eventually, quotes from other imprisoned bloggers will also be added to the quote feed. Just sit back and let the free speech flow.

    3. Re-publish Monem’s posts on your own blog.

    For the last few days a crack team of volunteers from around the world has been translating Monem’s posts so millions of new readers can read his censored speech.  Let’s show Mubarak that his attempt to silence this blogger has been completely counterproductive.  Instead of reducing the number of people who read Monem’s words, let’s make sure that the number of readers increases… exponentially!

    It’s easy to take part! Just pick a post by Monem from the list below and copy and paste the whole thing (or an excerpt) into your own blog.  It would also be great if you could tag your post (using Technorati or deli.cio.us) with the words “FreeMonem” to help us keep track of how many people take part in this action.

    —-MONEM’S POSTS… for you to republish on your blog—-


    Free the Brothers…Free Abdel Kareem… Free Egypt 3/7/07 (one of our favorites -Monem calls for jailed blogger Kareem’s release and points out how secularists and Islamists face the same oppression by the Mubarak’s regime)

    The Fourth Anniversary of the Torture of Detainee #25 4/14/07 (essential reading – moving account of torture by Egyptian security forces during his imprisonment in 2003 )

    Alexandria University Detour 11/1/06 (frustration with the Muslim Brotherhood at his university and a call for Egyptians to demand their freedom… excerpt)

    Birds’ Voices 2/12/07 (how blogging is changing the Muslim Brotherhood… excerpt)

    Thanks so much for your support. If you have any questions please contact:

    Nora Younis


    languages: English, العربية

    other member of the Free Monem campaign include:

    Alaa Abd El Fattah (Egypt)
    Amr Gharbeia (Egypt)
    Astrubal (Tunisia)
    Fatima Azzahra El Azzouzi (Morocco)
    Malek khadhraoui (Tunisia)
    Mary Joyce (USA)
    Sami Ben Gharbia (Tunisia)
    S.A (Morocco)

  • sami ben gharbia 1:56 am on April 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    403 Checker 

    403 Checker

    “403 Access Denied Checker”

    Don’t miss this tool if you are an activist trying to understand how your government is filtering the Web and if he is using, like the Tunisian regime, a fabricated 404 error page instead of the intentional block 404 – Access Denied.

    “403 Access Denied Checker” has been created by my friend, the Tunisian activist and blogger Astrubal in the occasion of the Unblock Dailymotion campaign that we’ve launched following the block of the popular French video sharing site Dailymotion by few Tunisian ISPs.

    4 versions are available for download: MacOS X, MacOS 8.6-9, Linux, Windows 98/XP.


    First of all, “403 Access Denied Checker” isn’t a tool to bypass censorship.

    403 Checker” aims to make it easy for any one to quickly check a huge number of urls and share the result with the public. Its main gaol isn’t to help “experts”, but to help getting feedback from no experts, those who are living under repressive regimes.

    This is an early alpha release, and many things still to be done to make it more user friendly.


    The procedure is simple and does not require from the user to have administrative rights on the machine that will run “403 Checker”; any destination folder that the user has write privileges will do.

    Just unpack the entire contents of the downloaded archive. That’s all, no special installer needed.

    For further information about the installation and the use of “403 Checker”, please read the post on Astrubal’s blog. To see an example of a test run in Tunisia, please check the post of Malek


    • peugeot 10:34 am on June 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      chnouwa tawa mel 404 bâchée rja3na lel 403 al kdima ?

  • sami ben gharbia 1:42 am on April 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Unblock Dailymotion campaign 

    Unblock Dailymotion campaign


    After censoring numerous Tunisian sites and blogs, the Tunisian authorities struck again, on April 1st, 2007, by blocking access to the video-sharing service Dailymotion.

    Dailymotion has been very popular among young Tunisians, where they have found refuge to share their favorite videos and publish contents that are impossible to broadcast and even to watch on the local mainstream media, given the aggressive censorship prevailing in the country and the limitations the state imposes on media. Dailymotion has given the connected Tunisian youth the opportunity to submit their personal videos, share their favorite music clips and be part of a thriving and dynamic Dailymotion community.


    (April 7th, 2007) Recent PrintScreen of the 404 – Page Not Found [ISP Top Net]

    The Tunisian regime has always used the excuse of preserving moral values and protecting society as a means of limiting access to pornography to legitimize the filtering of all kind of critical contents of Tunisia’s human rights record. However, Dailymotion’s Terms of Use deal with this concern and make it possible for users to report all kind of abuses and offensive contents.

    Silly argument of protecting moral values when we see the Tunisian regime blocking access to websites like the Human Rights Watch site (pages containing HRW Reports on Tunisia) and numerous other NGO’s websites. The ban of Dailymotion does not fool anyone. It is just a further step towards a crackdown on the online freedom of expression and information.

    We, Tunisian bloggers and Internet users, are asking the Tunisian authorities to lift this unfair ban as well on Dailymotion as on all blocked Tunisian sites and personal weblogs. We call on bloggers and internet communities to support our campaign and protest against this censorship by spreading the word and by putting one of these banners or badges (from the banner page ) on their sites and blogs.

    إرفعوا أيديكم عن موقع دايلي موسيون

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    بعد الحجب الذي طال بعض المواقع و المدونات التونسية، عمدت السلطات التونسية مؤخرا إلى حجب موقع دايلي موسيون المتخصص بمشاركة الفيديو و ذلك ابتداءا من غرة أفريل 2007.

    و يـُعد موقع دايلي موسيون من أكبر المواقع التي يرتادها الشباب التونسي نظرا لمساحة الحرية التي يضمنها و التي تتيح لهم عرض أشرطتهم و مشاركة ما لا يمكن مشاهدته أو بثه على الوسائل السمعية و البصرية المحلية التي طالتها يد الرقابة. فقد سمح موقع دايلي موسيون للتونسيين تقاسم ميولاتهم الموسيقية و أشرطتهم الشخصية و سانحا لهم المجال لنشر ردودهم و التفاعل الحيّ مع أترابهم و زوار الموقع.

    لقد اعتاد النظام التونسي على استخدام ذريعة حجب المواقع الإباحية المنافية للأخلاق الحميدة من أجل إحكام سيطرته على الشبكة و حجب المواقع التي تحتوي على معلومات و آراء لا تروق له. و من المفارقة هنا أن النظام الداخلي لموقع دايلي موسيون يسمح بتعقب مثل هذه المواد اللا أخلاقية عبر علم الإعتراض الذي يلجئ إليه المستخدمون لتنبيه إدارة الموقع إلى بعض المواد المنافية للأخلاق أو للقوانين أو للحقوق الفكرية و التي غالبا ما يتم حذفها من الخدمة.

    ذريعة “حماية الأخلاق” التي تـُفرط السلطات التونسية في استخدامها لا تصمد أمام واقع حجب بعض المواقع الجدية كموقع “منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش” و مواقع المنظمات الأهلية. و على هذا الأساس فإن حجب موقع دايلي موسيون لا يمكن أن يـُغالط أي أحد إذ لا يتعدي الأمر أن يكون تضييق الخناق على الفضاءات التي يعبر فيها التونسيون عن أنفسهم بحرية.

    إننا كمدونين و نشطاء أنترنت تونسيين نطالب السلطات التونسية برفع هذا الحجب الذي يطال موقع دايلي موسيون و غيره من المواقع و المدونات المحجوبة و ندعو كل المدونين الأحرار من تونس و العالم مساندة هذه الحملة عبر نشر لافتتها على صفحات مواقعهم أو مدوّناتهم (أنظر صفحة الافتات).

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    Halte à la censure de Dailymotion en Tunisie

    Après les sites et blogs tunisiens censurés, le régime de Ben Ali vient de s’attaquer à Dailymotion.

    Bloqué depuis le 1er avril 2007, ce service d’hébergement et de partage vidéo est devenu, il est vrai, l’un des espaces d’expression favoris des Tunisiens. Par son biais, ils ont pu faire partager leurs trouvailles et mettre en ligne des vidéos impossible à diffuser sur les médias audiovisuels locaux, tant ils sont étouffés par la censure. Ainsi, Dailymotion a-t-il permis à beaucoup de Tunisiens de soumettre au public leurs goûts musicaux, mais aussi leurs vidéos personnelles en étant très actifs par les commentaires qu’ils pouvaient y attacher.

    Pour justifier la censure sur internet, le régime tunisien excipe l’argument des atteintes aux bonnes mœurs locales notamment par la pornographie. Pourtant, les conditions générales d’utilisation de Dailymotion répondent également à cette exigence en permettant à quiconque de signaler et ainsi permettre d’éliminer les contenus répréhensibles.

    Curieux argument que celui de vouloir ainsi protéger les Tunisiens alors que des sites comme Human Rights Watch (sur sa page Tunisie) ou d’autres ONG sont censurées. La censure de Dailymotion ne trompe personne. Il ne s’agit ni plus ni moins que de réduire encore plus les espaces sur lesquels les tunisiens s’expriment librement.

    Aussi, nous, blogueurs et internautes Tunisiens, exigeons la levée de cette censure indigne qui frappe aussi bien Dailymotion que d’autres sites et blogs.

    Nous lançons également un appel à toute la communauté des blogueurs pour nous soutenir dans cette dénonciation de la censure qui nous frappe en arborant sur leurs sites et blogs les bannières “Unblock Dailymotion in Tunisia”.

  • sami ben gharbia 1:22 am on January 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    GVdelhi2006 Summit Map 

    GVdelhi2006 Map

    I think that the GVdelhi2006 Summit Map is ready for use even if some GV friends did not send their information yet. There will be always a possibility to add the few missing ones and complete it.

    The aim of designing the GVdelhi2006 Map is to memorize the Summit and the presence of all the attendees who have given that amazing gathering a colorful touch. Further aims are to underline – by putting in it on the map- the globalized aspect of the GV community and to provide an easy access to each other’s blogs and information. And like suggested by Ethan Zuckerman, I really hope that I’ll have enough time in the future to expand the Map and make it cover all Global Voices contributors, even those who weren’t in Delhi.

    This Map is actually my contribution to the summit. Being a new member of the GV team, I was there, listening with so much attention to what has been said. I didn’t speak a word during the summit –I’m not a [good] speaker at all-, nevertheless I was observing things and learning from everybody around me.

    I have to admit something: I was annihilated by the “tyranny” of the Mac laptop and the lighting shinny effect of the Apple logo. And while the “PC users are hiding [their] laptops under the tables as the Mac boys and Mac girls” are parading their gadgets, I was sitting next to Farid -and like him- without Mac nor PC, wondering if I was really a…blogger and if it was all about Mac! And then I remembered the funny and yet intelligent post of Alaa on being a blogger.

    Ok, getting back to more serious matters. In fact, this Map is meant to be published on Global Voices site. More than 10 days ago I‘ve sent all concerned files to the Technology and Managing Editor team of GV with detailed instructions on how to “activate it”. On one hand, I do not want to bother nor rush them ; they already have more important work and things to do. But, on the other hand, some friends who attended the summit are urging me to publish the Map. For my side, I also need to move on to other work and put an end to this project. So I decided to put this Map on my server until they will take a decision about it.

    • Finally I renew my thanks to every body that sent me the needed information for the trust and help,
    • I specially want to thank Georgia and Rachel who supported from the beginning this project and made it happen,
    • And last but not least, I would like to thank all the photographers and Kamla Bhatt for her podcast and videocast.

    Here is the link to the GVdelhi2006 Map. Hope you like it!

    • Georgia/Global Voices 2:30 am on January 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much for posting this and for this wonderful piece of work. Please accept my apologies on behalf of Global Voices for the delay in getting the map uploaded to our servers. I’ll make sure it happens soon.

      Thanks again!

    • Astrubal 1:37 pm on January 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Woooww ! Great Job Sami.

      And by the way … there is no “tyranny” of the Mac laptop. I guess you’ve been only surrounded by people that choose the tool they work with. And i have no doubt, next time you’re going to choose your tool, you will also choose MacOs X because you deserve it … I mean you deserve the best for the work you do :)).

      Astrubal who still laughing… ))))

    • Sami Ben Gharbia 1:51 pm on January 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      [quote post=”221″]Please accept my apologies on behalf of Global Voices for the delay in getting the map uploaded to our servers. I’ll make sure it happens soon.[/quote]

      Hi Georgia, No need to apologize. Things happen 🙂

      [quote post=”221″]And i have no doubt, next time you’re going to choose your tool, you will also choose MacOs X because you deserve it … I mean you deserve the best for the work you do[/quote]

      Ahla Astrubal. I’m not sure about that, while I admit the beautiful design and the technical power of the Mac, it stills have the look of a “bourgeois gadget” designed for a “very spoiled” teens. maybe we need something between the PC and the Mac a sort of “Lada” (the auto symbol of communist automotive)

    • leila 2:50 am on January 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Nice shot about being blogger and having a Mac. You should read this recent post:
      Essential Tools Every Blogger Should Have » Kineda


      to be a blogger, according to this blogger -Kineda- you really need (among other gadgets) and:

      Apple MacBook Pro –
      Two Apple 23″ LCD Screens.

  • sami ben gharbia 2:18 am on January 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Some links about the Tunisian Prison Map 

    Here are the most recent links I have found talking about the Tunisian Prison Map:

    On Foreign Policy Blog: Tuesday Map: Injustice in Tunisian prisons, by Carolyn O’Hara, 02/01/2007:

    Tunisian blogger Sami Ben Gharbia has created this fascinating Google Maps mashup of the prisons where political dissidents have been locked up by the Tunisian government. When you click on a marker, legal details about the prisoners’ cases pop up, along with video from the dissidents and their families.

    Tunisia has a long history of human rights abuses and harsh conditions in its network of secret prisons, so publishing this much politically sensitive and hard-to-obtain information  has earned Gharbia plaudits from human rights advocates… along with the inability to return home from his exile in The Hague. The Tunisian government maintains one of the strictest online censorship regimes in the world, so it’s hard to know to what extent Gharbia’s map is reaching Tunisians inside the country.

    On Class Acts: Is Meatspace Becoming Obsolete?, by Julia Kriz, 02/01/2007

    On the global side, map mashups are quicky proliferating as a tool for awareness, journalism, and political lobbying. The Tunisian Prison Map was somewhat of a landmark in political mashup history (as recent as it has been!). Another interesting case is Greenpeace France’s Genetically Engineered Corn Google Maps mashup. After the French Government banned the mashup, Greenpeace France created crop circle symbols to mark the sites in real life. The interplay between online and offline information is becoming more graceful, more common, more suited to the needs of the people, and more easily authored by laymen. Map mashups are, after all, a Web 2.0 phenomenon ()

    On The Indian Express: A complete a to z guide to the year, by Devangshu Datta. December 31/12/2006

    T has to be for the Tunisian Prison Map — an interactive mashup map of Tunisian detention centres built on the backbone of Google Earth maps and Amnesty International reports. The New York Times did one of murder locations in NY; several people did the Ipswich UK serial killings. It’s a new artform. ()

    On Citizen Media Watch: Mashups as a journalistic – and political – tool: Tunisia example, by Lotta Holmström. December 24/12/2006

    The Tunisian Prison map is a great example of how you can use mashups as a base for journalism or political lobbying.

    Based on a google map, Sami Ben Gharbia has pinpointed Tunisian prisons and shows information about prisoners and what crimes they are convicted of. If you click on one of the pointers, you get an information overview, links to more info, and often a YouTube video clip about it.

    One example – information about the prison of Kef: ()

    On Wired: Bloggers Shrink the Planet by Quinn Norton 21/12/2006:

    Exciting things happen when dedicated bloggers from around the world meet for the first time. For Briton Rachel Rawlins, being introduced to Tunisian exile Sami Ben Gharbia was the chance to meet a personal hero.

    Gharbia is the creator of the Tunisian Prison Map — an idea inspired by a New York Times interactive map charting murder locations in New York City. Gharbia turned the concept on its head: Instead of showing government figures on crime, he’d display where his former government was behaving criminally, imprisoning political dissidents for daring to speak out.

    When you click on a place-mark on Gharbia’s Google Maps mashup, a pop-up reveals details, stories and videos of prisoners and their families. The map is compelling and provocative, and it’s one more reason Gharbia, who now lives in the Hague, says he can’t go home.

    The site is “the best advocacy tool I’ve ever seen anywhere,” gushes Rawlins, managing editor of Global Voices Online, an international citizens’ media group that held its second annual summit in India’s bustling capital last weekend ()

    On Long Road: Bloggers Making a Difference, by Kim Christen, 21/12/2006:

    Unlike the celebration over at Time, this group recognizes the disparities that exist and they are using the web to challenge that—the Tunisian Prison map is a perfect example of just how the technology can be used to show the underside of “globalization” and the military industrial complex.

    This project reminded me of the work of a grad student I met from Berkeley, Trevor Paglen. Trevor’s work on the US military’s “black world” has resulted in an exhibition at several galleries (as well as articles). I met Trevor at the Vectors journal week-long workshop in SoCal in 2005. He blew us all away with his presentation about this “other” military world and his unrelenting pursuit of information about the US military’s secret worlds, the “torture taxis” and other disturbing things. Check out his website, it’s an eye-opener ()

    • samsoum 6:25 am on January 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Sami, you’re one of the pioneers of putting web 2.0 to work for a noble cause. That’s what technology is all about. As a software engineer myself I was always amazed on how the technology we develop is used and I am sure Google Map developers never thought of such usage. Keep up the good work my friend and let’s hope this will serve better the hundred of political prisoners in Tunisia and elsewhere get their freedom and go back to their loved ones and have a decent life that they deserve like any of us.

    • Sami Ben Gharbia 5:19 pm on January 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Samsoum. I really hope that the use of the new technology will help us free ourselves from the dictatorship or at least spread the word in a more attractive manner.

      So you are a software engineer? it was good to know it 🙂

      Cheers, Sami

    • samsoum 8:04 pm on January 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yes I am or used to be since I am more involved now in Architecture and managment. I even have a tech blog http://samsoum-tech.blogspot.com/ 🙂

  • sami ben gharbia 4:11 am on December 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply
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    Global ça s'épelle b.l.o.g.a.l 


    Je venais de rentrer de L’Inde (Delhi) où s’est tenu le sommet annuel de Global Voices du 16-17 décembre 2006 (GVdelhi2006). Pour moi c’était une occasion idéale pour rencontrer des blogueurs intéressants, venus des quatre coins du monde. J’ai découvert des jeunes ayant des expériences remarquables et une passion ardente pour un blogging de qualité. Des blogueurs -à l’instar de Ben Paarmann et de Leila Tanayeva, qui animent Neweurasia, un super projet couvrant l’Asie Centrale- m’ont vraiment inspiré. Ils ont consolidé ma conviction que le blogging n’est pas une forme d’autothérapie et de coups de gueule, ni le terrain propice pour l’exercice du narcissisme ou de l’autolâtrie, mais un espace pour offrir (et s’offrir) une tribune libre où s’épanouit une information alternative, engagée et, surtout…indépendante.

    Les deux questions importantes auxquelles le sommet de Delhi tentait de répondre étaient de savoir :

    1. Comment élargir le cercle de la cyber-conversation et du blogging et quels sont les moyens les plus adéquats permettant aux plus défavorisés de se faire entendre.
    2. Comment aider les gens à s’exprimer même si ils se trouvent confrontés à des régimes répressifs qui les censurent et les empêchent d’informer et de s’informer.

    Confrontée au défi de l’anglocentrisme qui règne sur Global Voices, une volonté de construire une version francophone de Global Voices et d’élargir ainsi l’expérience de Global Voices Chine s’est manifestée. Le premier objectif consiste à traduire, en français, ce qui s’écrit, en anglais, sur Global Voices et d’atteindre de la sorte le lectorat francophone de l’Afrique, du Moyen-Orient, des Caraïbes et d’ailleurs. Cette initiative, approuvée par les deux cofondateurs de Global Voices, Ethan Zuckerman et Rebecca MacKinnon, a été soutenue par, Alice Backer, Jennifer Brea et moi même. Nous espérons dans un avenir proche disposer d’un espace indépendant, genre francophonie.globalvoices.org et amorcer cette nouvelle étape dans le parcours de Global Voices.

    Idem pour une version arabophone. La question a été évoquée avec les blogueurs arabes, l’irakien Salam Adil et la Bahreïnie Amira Al Hussaini. Même si le désir est là, l’idée nécessitera du temps pour mûrir.

    Un autre projet fort intéressant qui verra le jour est Hibiscus. Une plateforme pour une alliance entre blogueurs africains et blogueurs chinois. L’initiative est pilotée par Akwe Amosu, cofondatrice de BlogAfrica et une conseillère de Global Voices.

    Voilà en gros un aperçu très rapide, il y a tellement de choses à développer. J’aurai certainement l’occasion de reprendre ce sujet de façon plus critique.

    Avant de finir, je tiens à vous informer que la blogueuse et journaliste américaine Quinn Norton a publié un article (Bloggers Shrink the Planet) sur le sujet du sommet de Delhi sur le site du magazine américain Wired dont voici quelques extraits relatifs à mon projet La carte des prisons Tunisiennes :

    Gharbia is the creator of the Tunisian Prison Map — an idea inspired by a New York Times interactive map charting murder locations in New York City. Gharbia turned the concept on its head: Instead of showing government figures on crime, he’d display where his former government was behaving criminally, imprisoning political dissidents for daring to speak out.

    When you click on a place-mark on Gharbia’s Google Maps mashup, a pop-up reveals details, stories and videos of prisoners and their families. The map is compelling and provocative, and it’s one more reason Gharbia, who now lives in the Hague, says he can’t go home.

    The site is “the best advocacy tool I’ve ever seen anywhere,” gushes Rawlins, managing editor of Global Voices Online, an international citizens’ media group that held its second annual summit in India’s bustling capital last weekend.

    Je ne vous raconte pas l’influence qu’a eue ce texte sur les statistiques du blog surtout qu’il a été repris et/ou commenté par d’autres sites et blogs dont le géant boingboingclassé premier par Technorati-.

    Autre chose, avant de vous souhaiter une bonne année 2007 : The Initiative For an Open Arab Internet, a publié sont 2e rapport sur l’Internet dans le monde arabe décrivant le Web comme étant la nouvelle bataille opposant les régimes arabes à la liberté d’expression. J’étais surpris pour ne pas dire épaté, de voir le rapport – dans son chapitre relatif à la Tunisie- consacrer 3 paragraphes à mon blog. Il parait que le cyberasile de mon blog dans l’agrégateur des blogs égyptiens http://www.manalaa.net, et dernièrement dans l’agrégateur des blogs marocains, suite à un geste amical de Larbi, ne cessent d’intriguer les gens. Même lors du concours international de blogs “The BOBs – Best of the Blogs” de la Deutsche Welle mon blog a été présenté comme un blog réfugié !

    Je vous laisse avec lesdits 3 pargaraphes du rapport de la The Initiative For an Open Arab Internet :

    The first electronic political asylum

    The last few years have witnessed an increasing in blogging. However, the Tunisian government was able to control this new phenomenon because the website that includes all blog addresses, http://tn-blogs.com , refuses to include any opposition blogs. These included the blog of Judge Mokhtar Yehyai, and that of the emigrant Sami Ben Gharbia. As result, Ben Gharbia, requested the first ever electronic political asylum when the blog http://www.manalaa.net , which carries all Egyptian blogs, decided to accepted his blog and publish it.

    Ben Gharbia co-founded the first website for protests, http://www.yezzi.org , during the WSIS. The website allows all those who wish to protest the rule of Ben Ali to post a picture of the protester carrying a sign calling on the president to step down. The website was blocked only 18 hours after it was launched.

    p.s: le titre de ce post est tiré de l’excellent article de Shivam Vij : Global: Now Spelt Blogal.

    • Nasnoussa 5:56 am on December 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Sami, ce commentaire ne concerne pas cette note. Je suis vraiment contente qu’on t’aie finalement ajoute a la liste tn-blogs. Ca faisait un bon bout de temps que je n’etais pas passe par la, contente de te relire. Eidek mabrouk.

    • Sami Ben Gharbia 10:00 am on December 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Salut Nasnoussa, franchement tu venais de me l’apprendre. Je ne savais pas que mon blog a été ajouté à tn-blogs. Je n’ai rien remarqué sur mes stats. Ça doit être récent. Que dire, merci à Houssein d’avoir « pris ce risque ». Pour le reste, comme on dit ici en Hollande : ik loop niet met problemen, mais cette histoire autour des l’agrégation n’arrête pas de me suivre, et les gens trouvent ça drôle.

    • alice b. 7:04 pm on January 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Bonjour Sami! Beau post. A bientot.

    • Mouwaten Tounsi 8:45 pm on January 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Bon courage pour tout ce que tu fais et j’espère que ça sera fructifiant et que t’auras le plaisir de revenir au pays dans des conditions “normales”.
      Excellente année 2007.

    • Sami Ben Gharbia 11:21 pm on January 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Alice , Mouwaten Tounsi.

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