“Unblock Mahmood’s Den” Petition released

30 Oct, '06

The good guys at IWantMyMTV and HAMSA have released a petition to unblock my blog. Please consider adding your signature in support of free speech in Bahrain.

Thank you.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Ditto. Mahmood, I just posted something that didn’t go through; shouldn’t it work as always?

  2. Esra'a says:

    If someone can make a selection of smaller banners that we can release for others to add to their blogs, that would be great. We hope to add a couple by tonight.

  3. NewMe says:

    Oh blow me out
    i just love quick actions
    mahmood you will always be heard
    nothing can stop you

  4. moclippa says:

    Lol, I love the new banner! I keep popping back on this page and cracking up…

    I don’t know what those assholes down at MOI are up to… old people stuck firmly in the past. This is disgusting and a shame. I sincerly hope that these are only the transitory years for better democracy, and I commend you Mahmood, and all the people that are partaking in the debate for helping set up the groundwork for change.

  5. someone says:

    first list of people to contact for all RSF & Amnesty International, etc. letter writting petitions:

    Dr. Ahmed Elmasri
    Head of Computer Department &
    Member of Internet Committee in the Ministry of Information

    Acts as principal Advisor to the undersecretary for MOI on all issues

    Fatema Alhassar
    Market Operations Coordinator
    Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

    Communicates with the Ministry of Transportation and the licensed operators in the kingdom of Bahrain for issues related to the telecommunications market operations.

    Anil RS
    Network Engineer Responsible for ISP Regulations at NOC
    Bahrain Internet Exchange

    Stuart Horler
    Legal Advisor to the Minister of Finance at the Ministry of Finance

    Legal Advisor to the Minister of Finance in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with special responsibility for negotiating Bahrain’s Free Trade Agreement with the USA.

    Dr. Zakaria Ahmed Hejres
    Deputy Chief Executive Officer
    Economic Development Board

  6. Wearyman says:

    Hey Mahmood!

    You know, large portions of the American Navy are out in your general vicinity right now. See here:


    Perhaps you could supply a Latitude-Longitude reading on the Ministry of Information building? I’m sure some of our boys wouldn’t mind plunking a cruise missle down on them for ya. 🙂

    (Just kidding, of course)

    In all seriousness, I am gravely concerned for you and your fellow countrymen. This is what happenned in Germany in the 30’s. All News outlets that didn’t toe the Nazi Party line were steadily squashed. Those that resisted “disappeared” in the middle of the night.

    Not to compare your govenernment to nazis, of course. But restriction of Freedom of speech and censorship are something everyone should be very worried about, no matter where or when it happens.

    I wish you the best of luck. Stay safe.

  7. Suad says:

    I am so thrilled, as if I am taking part of a demonstration 😆

    I didn’t do anything during the last two days other than sitting in front of my laptop to check the latest news on “Unblock Mahmood’s Den” =D

  8. Moey says:

    signed 😉

  9. Anyone wanting a small banner to add to his/her blogs, try these:

    Small size:

    Medium size:

  10. Esra'a says:

    Thanks, Silver! =D

    I added them to Bahrain Uncensored.

  11. Just found out – so sorry to hear about it. Your blog was quoted in Gulf News:


  12. Further to that, I’ve put your banner on my blog and on UAE Community blog, and signed that petition.

  13. Acad Ronin says:

    1) Signed.

    2) You ought to be up for a medal for service to Bahrain rather than being blocked. ou, and a half dozen bloggers like you have done more to win friends for the Middle East than years of expensive Saudi propaganda.

  14. Esra’a.. I specifically made them after reading your comment. So, thanks to you =P

  15. Hazel says:

    I can’t believe they blocked your blog!!! Unbelievable.

  16. Ibn says:

    I just signed it Mahmood. Good luck.

    Hmm, me thinks the time for the “gag revolution” is in order… 🙄


  17. F says:

    Just signed the petition.

    I am saddened by this move by the Ministry of dis-Information. They need to really grow up. We need a new Minister there.

  18. Pamela says:

    Mahmood, do you have to be a Bahraini citizen to sign the petition?

    I don’t have much money, but I’d like to help the cause even if it is small.

  19. Suad says:

    They are going to sue you!!

    They didn’t mention this yesterday, Is it a revenge??

  20. mahmood says:

    I don’t know Suad, but I’ll wait for the court documents to come first before jumping to conclusions as their press statements so far have not been consistent, as far as the accusation is concerned.

  21. Ash says:

    Oh for f***s sake! They’ve BANNED your site?!!!!! Why don’t they just get “I am a loser” tattooed on their foreheads and have done with it.

    Will circulate info and petition details around the university circuits and beyond. Maybe we can humiliate the Banning Ones into rejoining the 21st Century.

  22. Chimi says:

    I say – Offtopic but :

    They seem to have banned http://myspace.com too, surpsingly – http://www.myspace.com works still.

    Not that I actually use myspace :p, just a heads up as it happened when I clicked on a link to it from wikipedia.

  23. mahmood says:

    Stupidity has no bounds.

  24. someone says:

    Just a heads up that our friends at MOI’s Internet Committee and Computer Department are waking up.. they have now unblocked myspace.com 😉

    Hope common sense will prevail and MTV will unblocked soon!

  25. Petition signed.

    Blogged about it.

    Salaams —

  26. mahmood says:

    oh hello stranger! and thanks 😉

  27. alquercus says:

    In the 25th of April of 1974 the portuguese people was liberated by is army, who was fighting an injust war in Angola, Mozambique and Guine-Bissau, of an right wing regime that opress us (and our former colonies) during 60 years. Until there the portuguese people didn´t know what freedom was! Freedom of speach, freedom of association, freedom to travel, etc, etc.
    We know how is to live in an opressive regime.
    Because of that i understand what ou are living. I´m with you, because freedom is a RIGHT!

  28. shmekerosu says:

    Petition signed. It is so shame that free information and liberty of expresion is stoped. You can get access to banned or blocked sites (blogs, info, news) from censored countries by online web servers. I use http://www.surfinter.net !

  29. Ansgar says:

    Oh, i am too late. :whistle:

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