Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Support Mahmood


Mahmood Al-Yousif is a Bahraini businessman who runs one of the Arab world's most popular blogs: Mahmood's Den. Known as the godfather of the blogging scene in Bahrain, Al-Yousif has inspired dozens of young people in the Persian Gulf to begin blogging and his blog receives over 1.5 million hits a month from around the world. For the last two years, he has served as a judge for HAMSA's Dream Deferred Essay Contest on Civil Rights in the Middle East.

But now Al-Yousif's outspoken and free-spirited writing has prompted Bahrain's Ministry of Information to block his site. If you try to visit Mahmood's Den from inside Bahrain, all that appears is an error page with the word "Forbidden" in big letters.

Please take a moment to protest censorship and protect free expression in Bahrain. Below is a petition/email. You can edit the sample text if you like. When you hit send, an email will be delivered to Bahrain's Minister of Information. Please sign - and encourage your friends to do the same.
I just signed. Please consider doing the same.

Oh, and check out his blog.

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