Qatar censors websites

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Date: 2006

Region: Middle East

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion Explicit Sexuality Religious

Medium: Electronic Media


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Artist: various internet sites

Confronting Bodies: the State of Qatar

Date of Action: 2006 through the present

Location: Qatar

Description of Artwork: Various internet sites including sites with pornography, political criticism (specifically of Gulf leaders) and anti-Islamic messages.

The Incident: Many internet sites have been shut down by the government of Qatar. Qatar has focused on censoring pornography, political criticism of Gulf leaders and anti-Islamic sites.

Results of Incident: When trying to enter a censored site in Qatar, the page states, "The web page you are trying to access has been blocked by Internet Qatar as it contains materials which are prohibited in the State of Qatar"

Source: Gulf Times: www.gulf-times.com