United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia Will Shut Down Some BlackBerry Service

Research In Motion is facing a ban of some of its BlackBerry services in the UAE and Saudi ArabiaVarious forms of America media are shut down in overseas countries with some regularity. The Wall Street Journal has been banned in Singapore off and on. Google (GOOG) has had problems with its services in China. Research In Motion (RIMM) is facing a ban, or partial ban, of some of its BlackBerry services, in the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia said it would follow suit, the Associated Press reported.

"With no solution available and in the public interest, in order to affect resolution of this issue, as of Oct.11, 2010, BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Email and BlackBerry Web-browsing services will be suspended until an acceptable solution can be developed and applied," said Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Chief Mohamed Al Ghanim, according to the emirates news agency, or WAM.

The Wall Street Journal writes that the dispute goes back as far as 2007. The paper adds that because Blackberry messages are encoded by servers in Canadian facilities that cannot be monitored by local UAE officials.

Research In Motion must now face the choices that Dow Jones, the owner of The Journal, and Google did. They can knuckle under to local officials. try to negotiate with them for some middle ground, or potentially have the the BlackBerry and its services suspended permanently. They have, at least, until Oct. 11 to reach a resolution.

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No way do I like this... Why do we continue to cater to them? I don't even own a Blackberry as my LG is better in my opinion... but you could not even talk me into giving me one if they bow down!

August 02 2010 at 10:20 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I agree that we need to be vigilant. Our congress continues to ignore our wishes. If we don't replace them, who knows what they will do to us next. We didn't want nationalized medicine but we're getting it. We want secure borders and they refuse to close them. We have freedom of speech now, but be watchful. The Dems would like to shut down certain radio and TV shows because they do not agree with their views. Rule of law is slowly being replace by EXECUTIVE ORDERS. We could be censored like the Arab nations. What has happened to AMERICA?

August 02 2010 at 10:07 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

So... we're angry and quick to rise up and shout "WE LOVE AMERICA!" because this country doesn't want freaking Blackberrys? Get over yourselves. You need some time away from electronics, seriously.

August 02 2010 at 9:26 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

whoa...People better pay attention. Human rights in those contries is only
what their government decides they can see and hear. No outside influence allowed. No choices! No independent thinking! No contact with anything outside the box. Hold on to your rights America-that could be us!!

August 02 2010 at 7:40 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Who gives a crap you know? I don't.

August 02 2010 at 7:14 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

These are countries, the UAE & Saudi Arabia (there are many more, not named in this article ... ) that we depict as "Moderate" and our allies!
Their ideas of democracy and their record on "Human Rights" differ enormously from ours, yet under the pretense of "political correctness" no official government official is willing to expose them by citing the facts.
Soon they will use their leverage to affect these principles in our country.
It's hard to believe that the Media in all western countries are not hustling to preserve our democratic values ...... what a shame!

August 02 2010 at 6:53 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

We big surprise the Saudi Royal Dictators as well are the 2nd Biggest Controllers of Fox News Infotainment after the other non American Rupert Murdoch! Time to wake up America to who is influencing this country beyond just Israel's iron fist around the US Political System!

August 01 2010 at 10:59 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply