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Sweden critical of telecoms blackout in Egypt

Politics Materials 28 January 2011 18:52
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt - a prolific blogger - on Friday criticized Egypt's decision to cut off telecom services in the wake of anti-government protests, saying it was a dangerous move, dpa reported.
Sweden critical of telecoms blackout in Egypt

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt - a prolific blogger - on Friday criticized Egypt's decision to cut off telecom services in the wake of anti-government protests, saying it was a dangerous move, dpa reported.

Shutting down access to the internet was unprecedented, Bildt said in a statement issued from Davos, Switzerland, where he was attending the World Economic Forum.

Myanmar in 2007 was the only similar case that Bildt could recall.

"To shut down the internet can be dangerous in a situation like that in Egypt," Bildt said, adding that free access to information was "far better in the long-term for confidence and stability than restrictions and bans."

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