This is a petition asking Etisalat, the Internet service provider in the UAE, to permanently remove the block it has placed on UAE residents accessing Flickr. Etisalat has implemented a total ban on the use of Flickr in the UAE. A massive protest has developed in these last few days on Flickr, involving users from all countries, highly concerned about freedom of expression; Internet users aren't new to these restrictions, just think about the blocks and the bans Chinese surfers are being affected with, including the use of non-harmful weblog platforms such as TypePad. 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 down for a week.

Flickr UAE members forms one of four of the largest user clusters on Flickr. It is an enormous group. Its users are highly artistic, professional photographers who support and mentor other members on their creative work. Their work is comprised primarily of creative, serious, reasonable, artistic and respectful images that do nothing but support the principles, the culture and the traditions 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 to control 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 worldwide and to help our UAE bothers and sisters resume their vital and creative Flickr community.



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Latest Signatures

  • 11 February 20161000. Kristina B
    В Additional Url В
  • 08 February 2016999. Drunkangel Bridges
    Please free Flickr Additional Url
  • 07 February 2016998. Edina Smith
    I support this petition
  • 06 February 2016997. Mohammed Beck
    Let the UAE users share in their beautiful art again.
  • 29 January 2016996. Shaiatelzain Newton
    I support this petition
  • 29 January 2016995. Edgar N
    Honestly, censoring a full web site because unappropiate behavior from some is not even close to be a solution for the fails to moral and ethics. Don't be fools! Additional Url В
  • 28 January 2016994. Mhayyer Conway
    pleeeez open flickr Additional Url
  • 24 January 2016993. My Lifeasah
    flickr is an international community of artists and friends. don't separate us! reconnect the lifeline!
  • 23 January 2016992. Jeff U
    ridiculous, backward decision, mish ma ool! Additional Url В
  • 20 January 2016991. Neil M
    I support this petition
  • 14 January 2016990. Babsi J
    Spread infos all over the NET, let people hear your reasons Additional Url В
  • 11 January 2016989. Flickriyah Pace
    I support this petition
  • 10 January 2016988. Amood
    why are u doing that to us ????
  • 08 January 2016987. Dubaidiva Church
    Freedom for UAE flickr users Additional Url
  • 06 January 2016986. Taliba Araf
    Give Flickr back to the UAE
  • 05 January 2016985. Noora Flowers
    why did u blcok flickr ??? that makes no sense ??? =@
  • 01 January 2016984. Alia Christian
    We Want Flickr Back :(
  • 30 December 2015983. Stuart M
    I support this petition
  • 28 December 2015982. B Mcdonald
    unblock flickr..!!
  • 13 December 2015981. Dovaneh Ballard
    Customers rights always have to come first.
  • 12 December 2015980. Afras Soto
    Plz we have talented ppl ,, you should be PROUD of them ^_^
  • 10 December 2015979. Cilest Cervantes
    Yes, Freedom for UAE Flickr Users. We want your great photographers back in this unique community. Additional Url В
  • 03 December 2015978. Hind M
    I support this petition
  • 02 December 2015977. Woow Deleon
    unblock flickr ...
  • 30 November 2015976. Arb Duffy
    Freedom is free
  • 28 November 2015975. Awat S
    art bereave!!!! .. UN BLOCK FLICKR Additional Url
  • 28 November 2015974. Brian C
    В Additional Url В

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Leonard HaneyBy:
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ETISALAT Telephone Company


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