The policy of the Morocco in the access to Internet was until recently rather liberal, the Government has encouraged the development of the media. Nevertheless, more than two years the trend reversed and cases of censorship are becoming more and more common.
Cases of censorship are primarily the result of the telephone operator and Internet dominant Morocco Telecom (a subsidiary of Vivendi), it is practiced in a manner totally arbitrary and opaque, Morocco telecom claiming technical problems for claim. It is characterized by the absence of recourse to a court decision, although the Morocco proclaims a “State of law”.
Morocco Telecom blocked several blogging sites, such as LiveJournal. Reporters without borders says that the Morocco often censor political websites claiming independence of Western Sahara. Google Earth was also blocked by Morocco Telecom at a time for reasons that remain obscure, some hypotheses suggest that the goal would be to make the difficult location of the Royal palaces, others say that it is to hide the locations of secret prisons. This block is completely arbitrary and is outside any judicial procedure, what can that generate the most far-fetched hypotheses as to his motives.
Today, only the anonymiser.com site is censored, as Google Earth, YouTube and sites claiming the independence of Western Sahara have become available.
Reported as censored sites
Major sites of the Frente Polisario
November 21, 2005, the Morocco is blocking the main sites of the Polisario, namely arso.org, spsrasd.info, cahiersdusahara.com and wsahara.net. Then, soon after, he made with the anonymiser.com site when he learns that it is recommended to divert the blocking.
Today, all these sites are accessible.
Total censorship of Google Earth to the Morocco is a case unique in the world, while some countries have asked Google to not display or flouter certain places or sensitive buildings, Morocco Telecom has chosen for mysterious reasons to ban the two sites in all.
Morocco Telecom opposed an end to not receive any request for clarification on this block, claiming denials by Google sometimes clumsy way of waves technical problems, problems completely.
This decision is made even more incomprehensible by the fact that the other sites of supplies of satellite such as Yahoo and Microsoft are always accessible.
This censorship is likely to become quickly untenable view the popularity of the two sites in question, the number constantly growing sites and software that make reference or use them, sites very often to professional. The Morocco intends to develop tourism as a strategic activity for the country, and many tourist sites use the blocked sites. The country also embarked on an ambitious policy for the advancement of the it offshoring and a call center and this attitude is likely to tarnish the image of the country as a reliable technological Hub transparent and consistent in its decisions.
May 25, 2007, the historic operator Morocco Telecom (inmate to 51% by Vivendi Universal) has blocked access to YouTube. No reason for this block was given but some and the Moroccan blogosphere (also called Blogoma), is regarded as the founding event for the fight against Internet censorship in the Morocco.