October 30, 2006

the order to remain silent

Mahmood's Den, a blog of a brilliant mix of wit, intelligence and fun of transcontinental proportions, was blocked today by a ministerial order devoid of any of the above.

The blog was so fun and pleasure read, that one thought the ruling family, many of whom are world-class pleasure seekers, would never resort to a pleasure-forfeiting move like this. But then, their new-found alliance with air-conditioned salafis is so locked, you don’t know who is the instigator party in all of this.

It is a sad day for the blogosphere. And a sadder day still for those who believed that beautiful days were ahead of us.


At 12:58 AM, Anonymous Bu-Eyad said...

Its sad indeed .. and this game of cat and rat well go on .. closing a site or a blog here or there means one thing: yet the freedom of speech is not a fact, and all what we can do is to carry on and make it a reality and a fundamental one in our life

At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Mahmood Al-Yousif said...

MR, I can't thank you enough for your kind words, however, unbeknownst to many (yourself excluded) I am not a saint. A "solution" was found, and the site is now unblocked, I hope to fight another day, and continue to make a dent, however slight, into the history of this land.

Thank you my friend, for your support.

At 12:09 AM, Blogger MR said...

Bu Eyad, it's even more basic than freedom of expression here. They even deny you the freedom to believe their promises.

Thanks for dropping by.

Abu Aref, it is not our fault that the distance between safety and dignity continues to be 180 degrees. And lest we forget, there is a Supreme Council of Defence- to ensure the distance is not compromised.

Glad to see you safe and free. All else- including whether you were blocked/unblocked, whether the praise was called for - is plain secondary.

11:56 PM


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