Saturday, October 11, 2008

Burmese junta steps up internet blockade

Internet cafes have been closely watched by authorities

The media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said the military government in Burma has paralysed the internet, silencing online dissidents, carrying out regular raids on internet cafes, while hackers have blocked access to leading websites with info on Burma.

For the past few weeks, news websites such as the Mizzima, the Irrawaddy, the New Era have been the target of attacks.

U Sein Win, an editor at the Mizzima News told the BBC that hackers have been traced to Russia, China and India and suspected of the involvement of the junta who holds a well-known anathema towards foreign media.

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