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The Jawa Report: Banned in India

Rusty Shackleford has been begging to have a fatwa issued against his blog for years with no luck. The closest he’s come have been a few denial of service attacks from the Islamists.

Now, however, he’s been banned in India, the world’s largest democracy. By name. And it wasn’t even for posting cartoons of Muhammed. Or cows.

UPDATE: WSJ has more details.

India’s Internet regulators have started blocking several Web sites in a move that borrows a page from China, where government censors heavily restrict the flow of online information. India’s Department of Telecommunications sent an order late last week to Internet-service providers to block several Web sites, according to a department spokesman. The spokesman, Rajesh Malhotra, declined to disclose the contents of the letter or discuss the order, saying it was a “confidential exchange of information between the department and the operators.”

Several telecom operators confirmed there were more than 15 sites they were directed to block. Close to a third of the sites were home to blogs, the personalized Web logs that have become popular in India, just as they have in other parts of the world. Among the Web sites blocked are parts of Blogger and GeoCities. Included on a list seen by The Wall Street Journal are sites that showcase views of an Islamic holy man, conservative Hindus, and Dalits, the low caste in India pejoratively referred to as untouchables.

Hmm. Doesn’t exactly explain Jawa Report . . . .

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Comments

  1. Thursday, 20 July 2006 11:28 am, EDT 88°F., sunny [IMG] Notice that Beth and Macker are on it. By name. But not Yippee-Ki-Yay! I may have to blacklist all of India in revenge for this slight. H/t: OTB. 1 yee-haw so far File under • Rock the Casbah • To Infinity, and Even Further!

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  2. at the address on the contact page on The Jawa Report. Solidarity from: *Captain’s Quarters *Junkyard Blog *Ace of Spades HQ *Blogs of War *In The Bullpen *Paduan Jawa *Basil *Rocket’s Brain Trust *Republican Jen *Lawhawk: A Blog for All *Wizbang *Outside the Beltway *Michelle Malkin *I Think Therefor I Err *The Dread Pundit Bluto and the 58 blogs of the Pirate Armada *Six Meat Buffet *Commissar *Pundit Mark *PoliBlog *Hyscience *Below the Beltway *Cagey Mind *Vince Aut Morire

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  3. Why The Jawa Report Was Banned in India and Why it Matters…

    India has banned a number of websites by domain, but has only singled out 17 websites by name, including this one. Among the American websites all are connected in some way to The Jawa Report. Why did India ban this……

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  4. Blogs of War says:

    India Bans Blogs…

    Well some of them anyway:
    India’s Internet regulators have started blocking several Web sites in a move that borrows a page from China, where government censors heavily restrict the flow of online information.
    India’s Department of Telecomm…

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  5. BANNED IN INDIA!…

    I just got news of this amazing development courtesy of Thought Flickr. Apparently, this blog has been blocked by the Indian government for inciteful content. Anyone who's been a regular reader of my blog can probably figure out why without much e…

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  6. Old War Dogs says:

    I stand with Rusty…

    Why The Jawa Report Was Banned in India and Why it Matters India has banned a number of websites by domain, but has only singled out 17 websites by name, including this one. Among the American websites all are connected…

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  7. Bithead says:

    Seems BitsBlog been banned in India as well.
    (Shrug)
    There goes the hit numbers I’d been collecting in the overnights from the helpdesks of Dell, etc…

    (Smirk)

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  8. McGehee says:

    I feel left out. Guess I’ll have to blacklist all of India in revenge for their not blocking Yippee-Ki-Yay!

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  9. They are blocking the tubes man. Any minute now the pressure is going to build, burst the pipes and we will have bits flying all over the place. If only we had a senator with enough understanding of the Internet to clear the blockage before the pressure builds to the point of no return.

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