Bahrain Cracks Down on Websites Deemed Indecent

A Bahraini crackdown on Web sites the government deems indecent or socially explosive has triggered calls for reforms by rights activists and bloggers, who say the ban tarnishes the kingdom's reputation for openness. "Instead of tackling the social issues people discuss online, the government blocks Web sites. But that does not change the reality," said Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.

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