FREEDOM FOR UAE FLICKR USERS sign now

This is a petition asking you to contact Etisalat, the internet service provider in the UAE, asking them to permanently remove the block it has placed on UAE residents accessing flickr. Today, Etisalat has implemented a total ban on the use of Flickr in the UAE. The statement delivered by Etisalat when asked why they block Flickr states: "We are treating flickr as we are treating pornographic sites. The increasing number of porno pictures in the pages was what made us block the site. We will NOT unblock it, as we did before, because we consider it to be a pornographic site and we will not allow those kinds of images to be viewed by our users. sorry for the inconvenience." Earlier this year Etisalat shut flickr.com down for one month.

[need to fact check, month/week? Read it on UAE member page but can't remember. And why did they unblock it then? Would be good to have that info here. ]

Flickr UAE members forms one of four of the largest users clusters on flickr. It is an enormous group which is largely self-contained. Its users are highly artistic, professional photographers who support and mentor other UAE members on their creative work. Their work is comprised primarily of, creative, talented, devout, and patriotic images that do nothing but support the morals, culture and enthusiasm of the UAE as a whole in the eyes of the world.

This debate has been going on for some time on Flickr Central forums and flickr administration has agreed to implement an 18+ filter and controls to every flickr member which will resolve the issue Etisalat is taking a stand on.

Please support our efforts to keep freedom of speech and expression alive world wide and to help our UAE bothers and sisters resume their vital and creative flickr community.

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Latest Signatures

  • 25 March 201550. Weronika H
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  • 11 March 201549. Andreia O
    Please, remove permanently the block it has placed on UAE residents accessing flickr. People shoulb be free to do their own options!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  • 09 November 201448. Thelma C
    I support this petition
  • 28 September 201447. Monika G
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  • 24 September 201446. Dr Davidb
    I support this petition
  • 22 May 201445. Simon R
    Please lift the ban on flickr. I have made many good friends and met many fantastic artists
  • 04 March 201344. Catherine V
    I support this petition
  • 17 June 201243. Timo S
    Open Flickr again for UAE users! Freedom of information is an integral part of human rights.
  • 24 May 201242. Loungerie Ayala
    unblocked flickr!
  • 24 April 201241. Laura L
    FREEDOM WON'T R.I.P.
  • 20 November 201140. Andreia O
    Please, remove permanently the block it has placed on UAE residents accessing flickr. People shoulb be free to do their own options!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  • 30 October 201139. Greg C
    The ban is misguided and pointless.
  • 07 July 201138. Giuseppe Huffman
    В
  • 15 March 201137. Jackyraissa G
    В
  • 23 February 201136. Charissa Serrano
    I support this petition
  • 30 June 201035. Teresa P
    Flick is a site of world communication and artistic cooperation.
  • 17 March 201034. Hazel E
    Unblock Flickr., I don't think it takes that long to unblock!
  • 17 January 201033. Danilo C
    Free Flickr in UAE, now!
  • 01 January 201032. Sal Trabancam
    I support this petition
  • 09 December 200931. Sergio B
    I support this petition
  • 22 June 200930. Paolo I
    a company should respect its customers up to the point where the fact that said customers actually have a brain to choose and judge with is acknowledged
  • 21 April 200929. Chiara R
    В
  • 11 April 200928. Florian B
    unblock it!
  • 23 January 200927. Marga S
    freedom is something man has to have, no to ask!!
  • 18 August 200826. Leonardo S
    В
  • 05 July 200825. Mkalida Ellis
    UNBLOCK! NOW!!!!
  • 06 May 200824. Carlos F
    No mбs censura!

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ETISALAT telephone Company

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