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Pakistan Banned and Uplifted Ban On Twitter in 24 hrs! High Drama

 

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Twitter was banned in Pakistan on Sunday and after following some high voltage political drama ban on Twitter was uplifted also. It all started when Twitter refused to remove a material which was considered to be offensive for Islam faith.

 

Most popular English daily of Pakistan The Dawn reported

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The material was promoting a competition on Facebook to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), said Mohammad Yaseen, chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication’s Authority. Many Muslims regard depictions of the prophet, even favorable ones, as blasphemous.

Yaseen said Facebook agreed to address Pakistan’s concerns about the competition, but officials have failed to get Twitter to do the same.”We have been negotiating with them until last night, but they did not agree to remove the stuff, so we had to block it,” said Yaseen.

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This is not the first time Internet has been censored in Pakistan.

2010: 1000 websites were banned because of a competition on Facebook page to “draw  Prophet Muhammad day”. ( Facebook ban was lifted when Facebook blocked the access of that Page in Pakistan).

Pakistan has hundreds of thousands of Twitter users. The blockade of Twitter in Pakistan became one of highlights of news throughout world. CNN, BBC, The Tribune, LA Times, TOI has reported the news. There is one thing which Pakistan authority don’t want for them-self bad publicity related to censorship of media which is one of the pillar of democracy.

Reaction of Twitter users from Pakistan:

Rehman Malik the minister for interior in Pakistan cleared the air about the issue from his Twitter account.

I would like to call it a drama and in some way utter foolishness of Pakistan Government which is reacting to any nonsensical activity which is happening on internet. Any idiot guy sitting in any part of the world can force Pakistan government to block any tool which is a platform of freedom of speech. It clearly shows a very high level of amateurishness in handling these issues.

Governments through out world are becoming constantly intolerant over participation of public on internet. It is really amusing to see that how much power is restored in the mechanism which run the country that can ban, censor or stop flow of information. Internet is facing a constant threat from the Governments to control it. If Pakistan has to grow and evolve as a democracy then they have to learn to deal with silly issues with extreme tolerance.

The biggest disruption caused by internet is, it has almost diluted the concept of manipulation of message and one way communication. The freedom of internet is of utmost importance for world and it can be maintained only by the support and participation of Internet users.

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