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Two human rights activists' Twitter pages blocked

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders is disturbed to learn that access to the Twitter pages of two Saudi human rights activists, Walid Abdelkhair and Khaled al-Nasser, has been blocked since 20 August 2009, apparently because of the human rights content they had been posting on the micro-blogging webservice.

"We condemn the blocking of these cyber-dissidents' Twitter pages and we call for their immediate restoration," Reporters Without Borders said. "This situation is very worrying and is symptomatic of a growing crackdown on Saudi Internet users."

Nasser and Abdelkhair said their Twitter pages had been blocked by the Saudi government's Communications and Information Technology Commission. Nasser, who keeps a blog called Mashi Sah ("That's not true"), said his Twitter messages included references to the human rights situation and governance in Saudi Arabia and links to human rights sites. Abdelkhair, a human rights lawyer and head of a Saudi human rights organisation, had also referred to human rights violations in his "tweets," the short text messages that are Twitter's speciality.

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