January 20, 2006
They are unable? and for which reason? Of course there isn’t any technical reason, because Google.news 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 Google.news and their reply was even more cryptic:
Of course, it is a lie: In our logs it seems that you still crawl Uruknet, but the articles do not appear on Google.news.
We re-rewrote to Google.news and we didn’t get any answer at all. We ignore the reason for which Google has manipulated the rankings for Uruknet , but we think the exclusion of alternative media through search engines results is government/corporate tactics to harness the free flow of information on the Internet. Being banned by Google.news is obviously a serious threat to a news website's existence.
This isn't the first time that Google discontinues indexing Uruknet. On February 18, 2005, Google.news removed Uruknet.info as a news source, apparently thanks to Michelle Malkin's protestations only to reinstate them - following many complaints sent in by our readers.
On June 4, 2005 both Google.com and Google.news dropped Uruknet again without explanation: and in this case too Google reinstated Uruknet only because of complaint messages from our readers.
We must add that Google’s censorship unintentionally occurs in a particularly critical period for our website. Uruknet has been under hacking attacks since September 2005. These attacks increase whenever there are important events from Iraq. Since this past summer, when a great number of attacks were carried out against Uruknet, we have been moving our servers and spending lots of time, money and energies in order to prevent these attacks and to repair the damages. Since the assassination of the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the attacks have increased again and last week they managed to destroy our main server and other servers we use for mirroring websites.
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 blow too hard to ward off.
We therefore kindly request our readers to write to Google asking Uruknet.info to be reinstated as a news source.
Please, send your complaints to google.news! Click here to fill a speedy form.
A few hours ago, we asked our readers to send their complaint messages to " firstname.lastname@example.org "
Now google.news claims that the address email@example.com is no longer active. When one of our readers sends google.news a complaint letter for having stopped indexing uruknet,
he receives the following automated response from google:
----- Original Message -----
But four days ago google.news did reply us from the same email address: so on 16 January 2006 the address " firstname.lastname@example.org " surely was active.
Messaggio Originale --------
We therefore strongly suspect that google.news "email@example.com" has put a filter on the word "uruknet".
We made some test, and we made sure that if someone sends
to firstname.lastname@example.org an email message
without the word "uruknet", google news doesn't reply that the address is inactive.
Please click here to send your complaints to google.news.
:: Article nr. 29907 sent on 20-jan-2007 18:58 ECT