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Action Alert!
Google did it again!

On January 12, 2007 Google has stopped indexing as a news source We wrote to Google News and this is their reply: Thank you for your message. We apologize for the confusion, we've reviewed your site again and are unable to include it in Google News at this time. They are unable? and for which reason? Of course there isn't any technical reason, because have been indexing Uruknet up to five days ago and although old pages are still available, there has been no update since then. The only "technical reason" is censorship.We rewrote to and their reply was even more cryptic: Although we're unable to provide specific information at this time, we sincerely appreciate your interest in Google News and your willingness to provide us with your content. (...) This isn't the first time that Google discontinues indexing Uruknet. On February 18, 2005, removed as a news source, apparently thanks to Michelle Malkin's protestations only to reinstate them - following many complaints sent in by our readers (...) As our readers know, we never carried out campaigns neither for fund-raising nor for any other kind of aid. Although we've been able to provide, in spite of sacrifice, for maintenance and safeguard of Uruknet and mirroring websites, and although we succeeded, notwithstanding such a great deal of problems, to face all damages caused by hacking attacks, now Google's censorship risks to be a blo! w too ha rd to ward off. We therefore kindly request our readers to write to Google asking to be reinstated as a news source....


On January 12, 2007 Google has stopped indexing as a news source

Uruknet is a not-for-profit online news outlet publishing news and analysis coming from a wide range of sources: mainstream and alternative media, analysts, academics, bloggers, independent writers, etc. Its main focus is occupied Iraq.

Alexa, the web-ranking organization, reports that Uruknet is "the most visited site in all 'News and Media' categories" relatively to the Iraq conflict.

Why did Google remove Uruknet from Google News? Uruknet has asked Google this question several times but Google has refused to answer it. I have written to Google too and this is my correspondence with them:
Dear Sir/Madam,

I am a journalist based in London, UK and I will be writing about the following story where Google seems to have taken a very illiberal step toward a very well known news website:

Please, could you let me know your point of view? Why did you have banned from Google and Google News a news website that you had included for many years?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

Kind regards,
Gabriele Zamparini

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