Dubai Diary no more

Dubai blog-readers are now without one of their favourite diary sites after the popular 'Secret Dubai Diary' site was blocked by Etisalat on Sunday.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  July 21, 2005

Dubai blog-readers are now without one of their favourite diary sites after the popular 'Secret Dubai Diary' site was blocked by Etisalat on Sunday. The homepage, which was located at www.secretdubai.blogspot.com, detailed the thoughts of a female expatriate living in the city. Although the site has now been blocked by the UAE’s incumbent telco, no details are as yet available to explain why Etisalat has taken this action. However, Windows has discovered that the site is still being mirrored - in other words is accessible - at www.livejournal.com/users/istara/ Determined to be heard until the last, the site’s author has also posted a final message on the original site’s RSS feed page (which, at the time of writing, was still accessible at http://feeds.feedburner.com/secretdubai). Titled ‘Suffering in silence’, this post claims, “The cyber-ink must dry on the quill for now, as the Great Proxy wields its heavy axe and severs Secret Dubai diary from UAE computers.” The note goes on to ask, “Will prison vans and manacles await at the airport?”. Would-be bloggers should not despair however, as blogging portals such as Google-owned blogger.com and Microsoft Network’s ‘Spaces’ site are still accessible in the UAE. Writers must of course be careful not to post content that might be considered defamatory to the UAE or its citizens.

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