Technical problems

Over the last few days the site experienced severe technical problems, most probably caused by a spam attack. The site was down for about 24 hours while we attempted to resolve the problem.

There have been rumors on Egyptian blogs that the site had been blocked -- this is not so. We are certain that the Egyptian government did not block the site, since it was also down for readers outside of Egypt, and have no reason to believe that it may be behind the technical problems.

Thanks for the messages of concern from readers as well as calls from the press. Until we get to the bottom of what happened, there is no need to speculate about what may have caused these problems.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.