The government of Syria has apparently shut down all Internet activity in the country, coming on the heels of a similar web suspension by riot-torn Egypt, according to a report in Al Arabiya.

Reuters earlier reported that internet control was tightened in Syria following the turmoil that erupted in Tunisia, but it appears now that web activity in Syria has been blocked entirely.

Syria has been ruled by The Baath Party since 1963, when it banned any and all opposition and imposed emergency law, all of which are still in force.

Mazen Darwish, head of the Syrian Media and Freedom of Expression Centre, which was closed down three years ago, said: All indicators point downhill after the revolution in Tunisia. The policy of iron censorship has not changed,” Reuters reported.