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By Sara Yasin / 29 November 2012
According to Renesys, a firm that monitors internet connectivity, mobile and internet connections in Syria have been cut off today. In a blog post the US-based organisation said that “all 84 of Syria’s IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet” starting at 12:26 local time today. The blackout comes as clashes between security forces and rebels have been raging near the Damascus Airport, with Emirates Airlines and Egypt Air canceling fights out of security concerns.
Alternative dial-up access has been set-up for Syrians by activists: Dial up access: +46850009990 +492317299993 +4953160941030 User:telecomix Password:telecomix OR +33172890150 User:toto Password:toto.internet | Syria
Index on Censorship has dedicated its milestone 250th issue to exploring the increasing threats to reporters worldwide. Its special report, Truth in Danger, Danger in Truth: Journalists Under Fire and Under Pressure, is out soon. Highlights include Lindsey Hilsum, writing about her friend and colleague, the murdered war reporter Marie Colvin, and asking whether journalists should still be covering war zones. Stephen Grey looks at the difficulties of protecting sources in an era of mass surveillance.