Skype blocked in Qatar, but no explanation given

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Updated 06 October 2017
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Skype blocked in Qatar, but no explanation given

DUBAI: The online voice and video call service Skype has confirmed that it has been blocked in Qatar.
A message posted on the site’s FAQ section said the app was being stopped by Internet service providers (ISPs) in Qatar.
The statement added that there was “very little Skype can do about this situation.”

“The best course of action,” the statement reads, “would be for you to speak to your ISP and ask why they are blocking Skype and request that they unblock our site and services.”
The announcement from Skype follows a message Viber sent to its users in September stating that their service was “now unblocked” following a software update.
People in Qatar noticed problems in August when trying to access WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and Facetime.
There has been no formal comment from the telecom service providers.
But Ooredoo put out a statement over the Eid break carrying a denial that the company was the reason for the problem:
“Quality assurance for calling using these apps is out of Ooredoo’s control. However, we can guarantee that the issues are not from Ooredoo Super net. Eid Mubarak.”


Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

Updated 21 June 2018
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Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

HAVANA: Reports in Cuba’s state-run press have long consisted mostly of transcriptions of official Communist Party declarations, but that turgid style appears to be incrementally changing in the wake of Miguel Diaz-Canel becoming president in April.
Cuban journalists said the Political Bureau of the Communist Party, one of the country’s most powerful bodies, recently approved a “New Communication Policy” aimed at giving state media more ability to report news like their colleagues do in other countries.
State journalists say the goal is to compete with the spread of information from alternative online sources. Cuba has one of the world’s lowest rates of Internet use, but access has been expanding rapidly and Cubans who get online can find a nearly unlimited range of non-official media outlets.