This blog is blocked in #Afghanistan.


Thanks to a reader who sent me a screenshot this morning, I’ve learned that Afghan mobile phone/internet provider Etisalat blocked Augen geradeaus! – especially yesterday’s story on the abducted military observers in Ukraine. The reason  – Etisalat calls it category – given is profanity. Whatever that means in this context. Of course reports on abduction and war can be considered profane anyway…

If other readers in Afghanistan could please check whether this blog is banned by other providers (Roshan?) as well – that would be interesting.

Update: seems the website is no longer blocked by Etisalat:


5 Gedanken zu „This blog is blocked in #Afghanistan.

  1. With STAN-WiFi at Camp Qargha, Kabul, everything at AG was running fine between July 2013 and January 2014, no webwasher. But maybe Mr. Wiegolds Stories weren´t that profane on that time! ;-)

  2. The term „profane“ originates from classical Latin „profanus“, literally „before (outside) the temple“. It carried the meaning of either „desecrating what is holy“ or „with a secular purpose“ as early as the 1450s CE.[4] Profanity represented secular indifference to religion or religious figures, while blasphemy was a more offensive attack on religion and religious figures, considered sinful, and a direct violation of The Ten Commandments.
    Da biste wohl irgendwie in den dirty words filter gerannt. Hauptsitz von Etisalat ist in den VAE, hat eigenes Subunternehmen für Zensurmaßnahmen in ihrem Mogilfunk-, bzw. INetProvidernetzen

  3. I am speculating, but some media outlets have ceased from reporting on insurgent activity in Afghanistan after the Serena Hotel attack. Maybe Etisalat is attempting to block insurgency related content, as their personnel has been repeatedly targeted by the insurgents.
    If not maybe it mistook „PO(r)NOMARJOV“ and „VerfASSung“ for something else.

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