Akamai, which provided Web server services to the Arabic news network, abruptly canceled its contract Wednesday, refusing to offer any services or assistance.
This despite the fact that Al-Jazeera reporters have also been the target of the Iraqi regime and that Al-Jazeera has said that they will honor a U.S. request to not show US casualties until families are notified. The US media, however, have no such restrictions against showing Iraqi casualties.
"We think it's political pressure," said Nabil Hegazi, deputy managing editor of Al-Jazeera's English-language Web site. Al-Jazeera's reporters were recently banned from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange -- the only network to be banned in this manner. They were similarly banned from reporting on NASDAQ.
If you disagree with Akamai's decision to refuse service, please send them an email and let them know.
Contrary to US government opinion, freedom of information and a free press are not the enemy. As was said in a March 26 New York Times editorial, "Al Jazeera is feisty and frequently controversial, but it does real journalism, and it is the only uncensored TV network in the Arab world." Akamai shouldn't allow themselves to be used as a tool of censorship and should have the courage of conviction to say no to any pressure opposing the freedoms our country is supposed to stand for.
Grow a pair, Akamai.