Google’s censors: The cat is out of the bag



January 10, 2009

As our readers know, on April 24, 2008 Google stopped indexing as a news source. It was the fourth time that Google discontinues indexing Uruknet. The previous times google had reinstated it following many complaints sent in by our readers. The last time there was nothing to be done: in a first moment google news wouldn’t even answer to our emails and, at last, after about ten days has answered with a series of lies.

Hi Enzo, Thank you for your note. We received numerous complaints from users about your site and after reviewing it we’ve found that we could no longer include it in Google News. We currently don’t include sites that are primarily news aggregators, and we weren’t able to find any stories on your site that weren’t from outside sources. We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause. Please be assured that we’ll log your site for future consideration should our requirements change Thanks for your interest in Google News. Regards, The Google Team

Of course, they were only excuses.

1) The Google Team did not say which kind of complaints they received and from whom;

2) The Google Team wrote: “we weren’t able to find any stories on your site that weren’t from outside sources”. Probably The Google Team didn’t look up carefully since Uruknet publishes regularly original articles. Moreover, many articles we publish are sent us by their authors for publication and Uruknet links to their blogs and websites for fairness.

3) The Google Team wrote “We currently don’t include sites that are primarily news aggregators.” This is patently false because Google News does include a lot of websites that are primarily or exclusively news aggregators. While a few of them hide the original source, most of them openly quote the link to the original source as we do.

4) Finally, being this the fourth time just in a couple of years Google News stopped indexing, we acknowledge that every single time Google gave us a different reason.

When we pointed out to the Google Team that does index hundreds news aggregators, some of those even publishes (quoting the link to the original source) original articles from uruknet, has called us to delation, writing us to report websites that according to us were unduely indexed, almost as if we had asked other websites to be removed and not ours to be reindexed.

Obviously, due to uselessness and to the level of baseness achieved by google, the email exchange with the Google Team was ended.

Anyway, censorship carried out by google towards uruknet wasn’t restricted to this: subsequently also started to delete uruknet’s articles previously indexed.

It even seems that google mail has blacklisted the name of uruknet: when we repeatedly tried to submit to Google Blog Search for inclusion we didn’t even receive the usual email from robots.

A this point, we were sure that “someone” had asked google to carry out a total censorship on uruknet: the few pages still indexed by are an obvious trick used in order to disguise censorship and not making it immediately evident to any user.

Anyhow, we needed a proof, and we achieved it easily: we arranged two new websites, one in Italian and the other in English, respectively

Notizie dal Medio Oriente and News from Middle East, that are in fact perfect mirrorings of uruknet, with a few graphic changes, and we put them directly on the same server where uruknet is located.

After that we requested to index them and after they analysed both websites, we obtained it without the least problem. Of course when the guys will read this article, they will stop indexing Notizie dal Medio Oriente and News from Middle East, but we have saved a copy of google news pages:

News from Middle East on and Notizie dal Medio Oriente on .

So, it was so clear since the very first moment, all the despicable excuses pleaded by for having removed uruknet were lies google came up with in order to account for the censorship obviously pressed for by someone who didn’t like our website. All we needed was to change the name of the website leaving untouched form and substance and every problem was gone.

We don’t even want to make conjectures about who may have requested to ban uruknet, though, obviously, it doesn’t seem so difficult to guess which political setting could put pressure on google in order to obtain censorship of our website.

Whoever did it, actually, we have now proved that google, the main search engine in the world – or, at least some people inside the Google Team – delists websites on request, and then makes clumsy attempts to justify the censorship operation with some excuses and lies invented on the spot. It is quite clear that the gravity of this matter goes way beyond’ censorship of our website. In our case, undoubtfully censorship was due to political reasons but, since this is the way google behaves, we can easily imagine that, if “duly” pressed, google may censor (and supposedly has already censored) – and, like in our case, also blacklist – websites that are unwelcome for any reason to who is powerful or important enough or has suitable instruments of pressure.

We’ll forward this text to all internet and anti-censorship organizations. In the meanwhile, we ask our readers to send us (at the following address <
URUK@INTERNET-FREEDOM.ORG > ) notice about all cases of censorship carried out by google : of course we will publish them on our website.


  1. detainthis said,

    January 10, 2009 at 15:12

    Check your blog stats, DP. Under “referrers” do you see Uruknet? It seems that the site has been put into a Bermuda Triangle of internet cross-linking. Normally, when one of mine are posted there, I’ll see no less than 20 hits in the first few hours. Nowadays, it’s zero. Ever. I haven’t seen Uruknet in my blog stats in the past 3 months or so. Maybe zero people are clicking on the link in the footer. Who knows. But that’s hardly plausible. Could it have anything to do with the Google issue? It doesn’t bother me personally, but such a total jackbooted erasure of the site is depravedly jackbooted in a society based on the priciples of free association, free enterprise, free exchange of information, etc.

  2. desertpeace said,

    January 10, 2009 at 15:29

    I never see Uruknet listed in ‘referrers’…. so I guess you are right.

  3. January 10, 2009 at 16:04

    Dethainthis is surely right. Lately we gets hundreds of thousands of hits per day

    Alexa, that for mysterious reasons, registers only the mirroring site (and that is, 20% of the visits) in the last few days gave this graphic:

    It’s simply impossible that nobody clicks on the link in the footer.

  4. joe said,

    January 10, 2009 at 16:23

    I do SEO for a living and I see this kind of thing all the time. Google’s answer to them was actually truthful. What they’re actually hiding is how little control they have of their algorithm. It is true that they don’t want news aggregates in Google News as they only want to list the originator of content. It is true that there are plenty of aggregates in Google News but that is only because Google still has a tough time sifting out duplicate content. They cleaned Uruknet out of that index manually because someone sent them a complaint. Now, the person who sent the complaint is the person you should have the beef with. You got a human review, they saw a preponderance of aggregated content and they removed the site….from Google News. Not from any moral issue but rather in an attempt to keep aggregates out.
    The reason that Yahoo shows more indexed pages is simply because Yahoo rarely cleans out their index while Google does regularly. I would encourage Uruknet to think about writing more original content and then resubmit for inclusion.

    You could also pick another aggregate that appears in Google News of similar stature to Uruknet (similar number of pages, similar backlink profile, similar traffic) and complain to Google about them. They too will be removed.

  5. January 10, 2009 at 17:07


    1. MOST of the websites indexed by are news aggregators and as far as i know they removed only uruknet.
    2. Google mail blacklisted uruknet.
    3. Google doesn’t even index uruknet among the blogs, even if we submitted it to them many times, without getting any reply (not even the automatic reply, just because google mail has blacklisted uruknet)
    4. As we wrote, a few day weeks ago, we arranged two mirriring websites of uruknet, Notizie dal Medio Oriente and News from Middle East, we submitted them to google news that, after after having reviewed them, indexed them without any problem. Therefore, does want news aggregators (except uruknet, of course).
    5. (not only deleted manually uruknet’s article a few hours after having indexed them: here you can see the evidences:
    6. Please read Detainthis and Steve’s comments.

    And in you opinion this is not censorship and answer was TRUTHFUL????

  6. Bill Owen said,

    January 10, 2009 at 18:46

    What about Drudge?

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