Saturday, November 25, 2006

Omania.net under the government's investigation

Sabla busted

We've always known that it was only a matter of time until the internet clampdown would reaches Oman. It was never a matter of if, but how and when. Well, mark it down, folks, the when has just happened and now we wait to know the why.

Oman's most popular website, the controversial Arabic online forum known as Sablat Al Arab, has been closed down pending an investigation by the public prosecutor's office.

A message from the site's owner has been posted on the site simply stating the following:

رسالة إدارية
السبلة مغلقة بسبب تحقيقات جارية مع الادعاء العام
أشكر لجميع الأخوة تضامنهم معنا وقد خرجت من زنزانة السجن المظلمة اليوم مساءا
تحياتي .. سعيد الراشدي

The question is what was it that finally brought things to this? Sabla has always been controversial and it's been running for about 7 years now. In fact, I'd say that Sablat Al Arab has lost a lot of its past urgency and heat. It's simply not what it used to be and is no longer the first site that Omanis go to find out the latest rumors of what's happening in the country. I wonder what was the straw that broke the camel's back?

Said Al Rashidi has always been brave being the public face of a forum in which the biggest agitators all work behind aliases. I hope he comes out of this unharmed.

6 comments:

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Sorry to hear that the infection has finally reached Oman... :(
Please keep us posted!

calkoon said...

Its shocking that they'd target the site owners.

Jills said...

Thanks a lot for writing about this on your blog! I had heard some rumors, but I couldn't find any actual information until I came here. Keep us updated!

Anonymous said...

Calk am waiting !!!
Your time has almost come

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