Yahoo’s Flickr Blocked by United Arab Emirates / Dubai
Duncan at the Blog Herald is reporitng that Yahoo’s Flickr has been blocked in the country of Dubai. Apparently government censors in the Mid Eastern country have issued the Flickr block. Duncan believes that the block is due to the amount of sex oriented photos hosted by Flickr, and points that “interesting that people knock Google Base for hosting porn and yet no one ever seems to mention Yahoo!”
From what I can find out, this block by Dubai/UAE was first reported in English by Metroblogging Dubai : “International visitors may wonder why the Dubai metroblog doesn’t have Flickr.com photos like the other cities.
Well, that’s because Flickr has been blocked by the UAE government censors for the second time. Blame it on Etisalat (state monopoly teloc), blame it on the TRA (UAE Telecoms Regulatory Authority) the result is the same: no more Flickr for Dubaians.”
Here is a link to Flickr served via a Dubai / UAE proxy with the message “We apologize the site you are attempting to visit has been blocked due to its content being inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates. “