The view from the rabbit-hole

Let me share two stories about Yemen.

1. Most internet service in Yemen has a data limit. Once you use your X gigs, it’s done. Some friends of mine had an open wireless connection. Their neighbor used up their monthly limit in a week downloading movies to his cell phone. My friends had to wait until the end of Ramadan to get their connection going again (three weeks without internet, yikes!), at which point they quickly password-protected it. A week later, the neighbor asked for the password.

2. At one of my organization’s journalist trainings, we brought in a bigwig from Yemen’s mass communications training institute to lead a session on journalistic ethics. The guy makes a presentation on how publishing information about a public official’s wrongdoing is libelous and biased. At the very least, this argument sparked a heated conversation. Sigh.

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