Wikipedia blocks Qatar

A Qatari server has been running spam attacks on the Wikipedia page for Qatar, so Wikipedia has blocked its IP address. And that means that most Qataris are now unable to edit the page for their own country:

Whilst the ban is due to spam-abuse coming from the IP address in question, the fact that this belongs to the country's sole high-speed internet provider has the unintended consequence of stopping Qatarese from editing the wiki. The ban has raised concerns about impartiality — the majority of Al Jazeera journalists operate out of Qatar, for example. This raises a number of issues about internet connectivity in small countries — what other internet bottlenecks like this exist?
Update: Actually this story has apparently turned out to be false (see comments) -- sorry, and thanks for to those who let me know.

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,