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Betreff: GILC Alert
Datum: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 11:32:51 -0500
Von: Chris Chiu <CCHIU -!
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GILC Alert
Volume 6, Issue 1
January 17, 2002

Welcome to the Global Internet Liberty Campaign Newsletter.


[10] US shutdown of Somalian Internet continues
Thanks to the United States government, nearly all of Somalia remains

Back in November 2001, U.S. officials shut down several companies,
al-Barakaat and the Somalia Internet Company, based on allegations that
firms were aiding the al Queda terrorist network. The Somalia Internet
Company, which is a part owner of al-Barakaat, was the East African
only Internet service provider, and closures left most Somalians with no
with which to access the Internet. Many institutions throughout the
have had to suspend their services, including government agencies,
cybercafes and even the local United Nations office.

An al-Barakaat spokesperson criticized these moves, calling the U.S.
government's accusations "lies" while asking for "mercy and justice."
However, despite these denials, these services still have yet to be

For commentary on these developments, see Hussein Ali Soke, "Is Somalia
Safe-haven for Terrorists?", Jan. 7, 2002 at

For more information, visit the Digital Freedom Network (DFN-a GILC
website under 

For further background, see "US shuts down Somalia Internet," BBC News,
23, 2001 at

See also Ishbel Matheson, "Somalia pushed to brink of disaster," BBC
Online, Dec. 28, 2001 at

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