View Full Version : Islamic websites
10-24-2005, 10:58 AM
I constantly read articles in the US press which include the phrase: "published on an Islamic website."
There is never any URL. This is highly unusual. I have the impression that the media doesn't want people in the US to view these sites. Could this be true?
10-24-2005, 11:05 AM
هزت ثلاثة انفجارات فندق القدس وسط بغداد مما أوقع 11 قتيلا على الأقل، وألحق دمارا كبيرا في الفندق الذي يرتاده صحفيون غربيون. في هذه الأثناء أعلنت مفوضية الانتخابات بالعراق أن محافظة الأنبار رفضت مسودة الدستور لتصبح الثانية التي تعارض الدستور.
That's the current headline on Al Jazeera's Arabic homepage. Any militant Islamic site is likely to be as similarly-meaningful to most Americans (or Europeans).
That aside, no, there's probably a tacit understanding that it's not a good idea to publicise such sites. When they come to such prominence, one of several things will happen:
- The site might be taken down very quickly. This would probably be the most likely occurence if it wasn't actually directly connected to the militants - often the 'claims of responsibility' etc. are posted on message boards.
- The relevant authorities will be very keen to analyse traffic to the site, and so the media publishing the address would be damaging
- The site contains unsuitable material, such as graphic videos
- The site in question links to such material
And other things I can't think of at the moment
vBulletin® v3.7.3, Copyright ©2000-2013, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.