Qatar censors websites
Region: Middle East
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion Explicit Sexuality Religious
Medium: Electronic Media
Artist: various internet sites
Confronting Bodies: the State of Qatar
Date of Action: 2006 through the present
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