Now Armenia has implemented similar measures to censor the internet. The Armenian citizens are unable to access quite a few websites. Even the e-mail service for the only independent news organization, the former A1+ TV station which now only has (well, had) a website, has been shut down.
The basic freedoms of speech are being curbed. Not only that, the bloggers in Armenia have VOLUNTARILY stopped blogging.
People, that is not the way to fight a totalitarian regime! We fought against the Soviet Union which also had a repressive attitude towards free speech. The Chinese fight against their repressive regime. Wake up and start reporting from Armenia.
Do not let the regime get away with this. Create redundancy in your reports so that in case one site is shut down, there are 10 more out there to spread the word.
Here is what Observer has posted about shutting down internet sites.
In the evening of March 2, the Internet Society of Armenia (ISOC) has ILLEGALLY stopped the maintenance of several domains, including A1+ - www.a1plus.am, Haykakan Zhamanak – www.azatutyun.am, E-channel – www.echannel.am. In the database of ISOC- https://www.amnic.net/whois/ , they are registered as “on hold.”
With that step, A1+ has been deprived not only of his site but also if its mail service.
The domains have been “frozen” without the decision of the ISOC board – either by the instruction on behalf of the presidential office, or the National Security Service.
In the decree of president Kocharyan, there was nothing about freezing the domains, closing web sites and the media.
We would like to provide some help to those, who still want to access the above mentioned websites. Firstly, Echannel.am and Azatutyun.am have their backup DNS records. You can access Echannel.am also at E-channel.am (e-channel with a -) and Azatutyun.am at armenialiberty.am. At the moment we are negotiating with the ISOC board to urge them to stop this illegal blocking of our domain names. However, there is a possibility, that the backup domain names (E-channel.am and armenialiberty.am) will also be blocked. For that case, I will be posting a list of IP names for the servers, where these and other blocked information websites are located, and you can access them by clicking the links in the list below (I’ll update the list as soon as colleagues let me know the relevant IP addresses):
- a1lus.am - 22.214.171.124:8080
- echannel.am - 126.96.36.199
- azatutyun.am - 188.8.131.52
- For Audio broadcasts of Radio Liberty in Armenian also check out this link: http://www.rferl.org/listen/ondemand/bd/ar/ar-default.asp
Let me remind everybody, that A1plus YouTube channel and Asplus blog are still functional. There is also an Armenian Newspaper Electronic Archive, where you can find Archived publications from some of the blocked newspaper websites.
As for bloggers - I would strongly recommend, that all of you access your email addresses and blog accounts using one of the anonymous web browsing suggestions, and change your email and blog account passwords. Make sure they’re strong, contain figures and letters.
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