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Blogspot blanket ban in Pakistan appears to be lifted

DR. Awab Alvi just emailed to announce this recent piece of good news. He says the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has recently removed the blanket ban on Blogspot yesterday, hence allowing majority of bloggers in Pakistan free access to their blog accounts hosted on Blogspot.

Below is the news release:

Yesterday, on 3rd May 2006, after almost two months since the initial ban was imposed, the Alvi-e Team, comprised of Dr. Awab Alvi and Omer Alvie, and supported by tens of bloggers worldwide joining under the “Don’t Block the Blog” banner are pleased to report that they again have access to Blogspot blogs in Pakistan. The PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) had, on the 3rd of March 2006, blocked access to a number of websites for the Internet users in Pakistan. This ban was in response to a list submitted by Supreme Court decision dated 2nd March 2006 instructing the PTA to ban 12 offending websites which highlighted the blasphemous cartoons on the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In adherence to the Supreme Court ruling, all 12 sites were blocked including one that was hosted on the Blogspot domain. But rather than block the offending Blogspot website, the PTA blocked the entire domain which happens to be one of the most popular blog hosting domains hosting approximately upwards of ten million blogs globally.

We believe that this development can be credited to the collective efforts of dozens of free speech activists of the Don’t Block the Blog Campaign and the Action Group Against Blogspot Ban in Pakistan. The peaceful activities were primarily responsible for creating a massive awareness campaign nationally (within Pakistan), as well as internationally.

The Don’t Block the Blog (DBTB) campaign was launched by Dr. Awab Alvi and Omer Alvie on 3rd March, 2006 in order to highlight the unfair blanket ban of the Blogspot domain and additionally to show support for free Internet speech in general. Approximately at the same time the Action Group Against Blogspot Ban in Pakistan (AGABBIP), a mailing list with hundreds of contributing members also was formed to protest this Blogspot ban and in support of free speech

Of the sixteen websites listed on two circulars issued by the PTA (28th Feb & 25th April) only three are presently unblocked and the rest are still inaccessible to Internet surfers in Pakistan, we continue our efforts to push for a censorship-free Internet.

The Pakistan Internet blockade issue and the resulting efforts of DBTB campaign, along with those of AGABBIP group, were reported in a number of mainstream news media, including Washington Post, IFEX, Global Voices, Voice of America, The News, Reporters Sans Borders, Dawn Newspaper and Spider Magazine.

May 4, 2006 - Posted by | Free Expression in Asia

9 Comments »

  1. It is indeed heartening to see some progress, I sometimes wonder what sparked the change of policy, maybe if we could do more of it may result in more progress, but whatever it was I am glad it is working

    Comment by Teeth Maestro | May 4, 2006 | Reply

  2. Dr Awab Ali sent me another email saying that the government has once again banned the entire blogspot domain. It is indeed a sad news for all the Asian Cyberspace.

    I, on behalf of all Nepalis bloggers, demand Pakistan government for the lifting for the ban on free expression.

    Comment by Ujjwal Acharya | May 7, 2006 | Reply

  3. […] THREE days after the lifting of the wholesale ban on the Blogspot domain in Pakistan, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) appears to have resumed its blocking of the entire popular free blog hosting domain. Problems with accessing the said domain were reported on May 6, verified by dozens of Internet activists across the country. […]

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  4. […] THREE days after the lifting of the wholesale ban on the Blogspot domain in Pakistan, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) appears to have resumed its blocking of the entire popular free blog hosting domain. Problems with accessing the said domain were reported on May 6, verified by dozens of Internet activists across the country. […]

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  5. Gee that sucks that they blocked access once again.

    Comment by alojamento web | February 25, 2007 | Reply

  6. I cant access the man blogger Domain but can view the Blogspot Blogs,
    HA Its funy with the NAtion, I hate This type of Government

    Comment by Ali | March 6, 2007 | Reply

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