Saturday, November 08, 2008

Flickr censors Egyptian blogger

You will know Hossam from his unrivaled reporting on the working class insurgency that has been rocking the Mubarak regime since 2006. One of the many ongoing services he provides is to give a visual account of the Egyptian struggle, including of the Mahalla 49 trial, but also of his various encounters with socialists in Ireland, Turkey and elsewhere. (Some nice pics of my own 'six counties' in there, by the way). It turns out that Flickr are giving him some stick, and there is implicitly the threat that his account may be deleted if he doesn't conform to some quite arbitrary and unnecessary restrictions. This is not the first time we have seen this kind of thing. You might remember that an Egyptian activist who posted videos exposing what was happening under the dictatorship had his Youtube account suspended. Now, he has had his Facebook account disabled. Anyway, Hossam is asking people to send a quick message of protest to: case982056@support.flickr.com.