What Internet Censorship Looks Like in Qatar, Bahrain

I am collecting “censored!” screens from different countries. Thanks to the sleuthing of Jacob Appelbaum, I’ve got two more for you. When you’re not allowed to see something online in Qatar, you get redirected to this site:


(Click for larger.) As opposed to most of the other “blocked site” screens, you don’t actually have to be in country to see this, just go to http://www.censor.qa/.

Next up, Bahrain:


Lest the Westerners in the audience get the impression that blocking internet access is all about silly little theocracies in the desert, note that Australia just passed an internet censorship law. The blacklist is secret. Stay tuned for “What Internet Censorship Looks Like in Australia”!

6 thoughts on “What Internet Censorship Looks Like in Qatar, Bahrain”

  1. you should have told me… I would have taken a screenshot of what internet censorship looks like in Iran… 😛

  2. This is a great series.

    Worth mentioning is the cute animated characters that the Chinese government has used to encourage self-censorship online. It’s not a ban-screen but I think it counts.

    As an aside, my org Global Integrity has a lot of raw reporting on internet censorship that for lack of capacity we haven’t done much with (we’re working on it!). Might be useful to you, and if I can help in any way, let me know.


  3. Estonian tax agency has just couple of days ago started censoring internet as well – right now they mandate blocking access to internet casinos. The page you get redirected to looks like: http://kaminfo.emta.ee/ (information only in estonian, the linked page has link to russian version as well). After clicking on that link, you also get access to the list of blocked domains.

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