Shutdown of the Internet in Syria

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 4, 2011
Internet Cafe in Syria in 2008

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released the following statement today on the shutdown of the Internet in Syria:

"We are deeply concerned by reports that Internet service has been shut down across much of Syria, as have some mobile communication networks. We condemn any effort to suppress the Syrian people's exercise of their rights to free expression, assembly, and association.

"Two weeks ago, the White House released the International Strategy for Cyberspace, which noted that 'States should not arbitrarily deprive or disrupt individuals' access to the Internet or other networked technologies.' We condemn such shutdowns in the strongest terms.

"The Syrian government has a history of restricting the Internet in an attempt to prevent the Syrian people from accessing and sharing information. The Syrian government must understand that attempting to silence its population cannot prevent the transition currently taking place. We believe that even in the face of significant obstacles, the Syrian people will -- and should -- find a way to make their voices heard.

"The United States stands for universal human rights, including freedom of expression, and we call on all governments to respect them."



John P.
June 5, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

@ Syrian "government"

You can temporarily shut down internet service, but you cannot "shut down" people's thirst for democracy.

Instead of using "IT pills", you'd better offer People the "New Millennium beverage" they ask for: "Regime Replacement".

Jillian Y.
California, USA
June 5, 2011

Jillian Y. in California writes:

The Syrian Internet shutdown, while worthy of condemnation, lasted fewer than 24 hours. The Internet was back online by the time Secretary Clinton released this statement. Since the public knew about the shutdown 36 hours ago, what took State so long to speak about it?

Virginia, USA
June 5, 2011

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

The only reason a Government shuts down the internet is to suppress its people, a voice from being heard. It also means they have something to hide. When protestors are being killed in the streets, the leaders do not want the bloodshed to show up in the news. Which means the leaders of these countries should be charged and placed into custody for rights against huamanity.

June 22, 2011

W.W. writes:

Lost in a day 11 years of information many thanks to microsoft password resetting system

June 5, 2011

Johan in Sweden writes:

When the economy weakens they get scared of uprisings. But they can´t control the population forever.

June 6, 2011

W.W. writes:

Golan Israeli-Syrian Border:

Choosen people don't shoot on not choosen people.

U.N. must patrol the Area and shoot on Israeli soldiers if needed.

Just be Ashamed

john b.
District Of Columbia, USA
June 6, 2011

John B. in Washington, DC writes:

Why no caption for the pix?

DipNote Bloggers write:

@ John B. -- Please place your cursor on the photograph, and the caption will appear. You can also find all photographs and captions in the blog's "Photos" section. Thanks!

josh e.
United States
June 7, 2011

Josh Edward M. in the U.S.A. writes:

The concept of your post is extremely unique which is a good element in driving more visitors to read your site. I even told my friends to check out your blog and in fact your blog is already bookmarked on my computer.

Boris K.
June 7, 2011

Boris K. in the Czech Republic writes:

This is outright wrong, arrogant and improper action right when the UN declares access to internet as a _basic_ human right - which it is!

No nation or government is perfect but those who act directly and openly against the freedoms of speech and expression must stop, immediately!

Thank you!

June 8, 2011

Michael in Syria writes:

I'm using the internet to write those words, im from syria,i leave in this great country , but pls pls stay away from us,& keep ur soldier & army away from our country, thats the way we will have our freedom



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