China and Iran I expect. I commented the last time I passed thru Beijing. Pakistan is not that surprising, but India? Apparently Indian ISPs have begun blocking access to Blogspot and other blogging services. A story on Rediff News, already referenced on slashdot, and another on WebProNews have good coverage. There's rather extensive detail from the Indian blogosphere in this post and this wiki.
It appears the Indian Department of Telecommunications has given Indian ISPs a rather extensive (several pages long) list of specific blogs to be blocked, but that some ISPs have reacted by blocking all blogs at popular hosting services like Blogspot and Typepad. Rumors are flying. The "Great Indian Mutiny" claims:
Two sources, one inside the Government of India and the other kind of inside/outside have confirmed to the Mutiny, that ISPs are being instructed to ‘control’ access to blogspot. It seems that some blogs are being used by some terror units (read SIMI) to communicate.
There is a crack down in place. IP numbers are being physically located and identified. All should come back to normal once this operation is over. There is no ban in place.
Of course, if the goal is to catch terrorists, leaving blogs alone and secretly tracing specific people and specific blogs would seem to be a much more effective strategy.
What I find disappointing is the mainstream Indian press. Where is the outcry? Where is the discussion? This situation has been visible in the Indian blogsphere since Saturday morning Indian time. It's now (very) early Tuesday morning in India and yet I haven't seen any coverage in the mainstream Indian press beyond the Rediff article mentioned above.
What's up with the "world's largest democracy"? Why no discussion?