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Connecting the World 27 March 2015

Working To Keep The Internet Open In Yemen

Raúl Echeberría
By Raúl EcheberríaFormer Vice President, Global Engagement, and Former Trustee

As we all know, Internet freedom around the world is volatile. This morning our Internet Society Yemen Chapter issued the following statement:


As an independent organization concerned with the right of users to access the Internet freely, the Internet Society Yemen Chapter (ISOC-Yemen) condemns and denounces the acts of censorship that have recently targeted several Yemeni websites. ISOC-Yemen urgently calls upon the Yemeni authorities involved to immediately unblock those websites and stresses that the current turmoil in Yemen should not be used as a pretext to tamper with accessing the Internet, which should remain open for all users to use without restrictions.

Issued in Sana’a on Friday, March 27, 2015
Internet Society Yemen Chapter (ISOC-Yemen)


As a global organization, we share our Chapter’s concern about the recent reports of censorship and restrictions of Internet access coming out of Yemen. I believe that the Internet Society should play an active role in bringing emerging threats to online freedom such as this to light and in encouraging open access to the Internet, everywhere.

We support our Yemen chapter in asking the Yemeni authorities to restore full and open Internet access for all the people of Yemen.

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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