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YouTube Blocked in Pakistan. Why?

Posted on February 22, 2008
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Law & Justice, Politics, Science and Technology
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Adil Najam

It seems that YouTube is down in Pakistan. Possibly it is blocked.

Blocking websites is a rather bad habit that the government authorities in Pakistan have gotten into (here and here). This is something that we have written about before. It is silly habit, because technologically it does not work. But, much more importantly, it is a disturbing habit because it points towards a desire by those in authority to "control" the passions of the public. Democracy demands the very opposite – that the people control teh passions of those in power.

But the real question is, that if YouTube is blocked, then why?


There would be those who could imagine that it is because all of the mujras, soft porn and supposedly "sexy" and indecent material that might be "corrupting" Pakistani minds – not that the Pakistani or any human mind really needs YouTube to further "corrupt" our sensibilities!

But this time, the general opinion is that th ban is more "political" than "cultural". A large number of videos with actual footages of electoral rigging were placed on YouTube and the view is that the "ban" or the "technical difficulties" that have come up are really a way to distract attention in Pakistan away from these videos, at least for the time being.

Here, for example, are two of the video … its being recorded secretly, so you will need to turn up the volume and listen carefully.

NOTE: The original videos we have posted were later removed from YouTube, these are the same videos but re-posted on YouTube later:

A number of other videos of such rigging have since been removed and one cannot be sure how long these will last. Given that this is YouTube, one should also put in a caveat that even though these look quite legit one can never be sure if these are propaganda or counter-propaganda instruments that are staged themselves. Of course some of this is all still in the realm of speculation, and we ask our readers to exercise due caution in the use and interpretation of all this.

The ban – if, indeed, it s not a technical hitch, may or may not be because of the videos. Even if it is not, it is despicable for the same reason previous bans were. And even if it is not, the videos themselves are despicable for all the obvious reasons. All of this will, of course, become all the more despicable if, indeed, there is a real ban or other government interference in this and it is because of these videos.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Chicago Air and Water Show!(Special Section)

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) May 24, 2006 Byline: Dalia Hatuqa Medill News Service The hair-raising, jaw-dropping display of aerial acrobatics that is the Chicago Air and Water Show has been mesmerizing Chicagoans since 1960. And come August, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be back to dazzle once again at the 48th installment of the lake-front event. go to site chicago air and water show 2011

With plenty of wild blue yonder over Lake Michigan as the stage, military and civilian aircraft will perform their maneuvers along the lakefront from Fullerton Parkway to Oak Street. North Avenue Beach is the focal point of the daredevil aerial stunts.

The Shell Extreme Water Show kicks off the two-day event at 9 a.m. every day with the Liquid X Freestyle extreme water show, followed by the Munson Ski & Inboard Water Sports Ski Team. see here chicago air and water show 2011

More than 2 million people are expected to crowd the lakefront for the event, which also will feature the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights.

The air show, which begins at 11 a.m., will include the parachute team plunging from high altitudes, a demonstration they have been performing for 44 years.

The aircraft will also thrill the crowd with death-defying stunts as they come dangerously close to the lakefront high-rises.

What started in 1959 as part of a “Family Day Celebration” has grown to be the oldest and largest free event of its kind nationwide, said Mary May of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.

“It was started by the Chicago Park District at Chicago Avenue and Lake Michigan,” May said. “Ever since, we have had either the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds or the U.S. Navy Blue Angels,” she said.

The Blue Angels, named after a famous New York nightclub, entertained 17 million spectators in the 2005 season. Since its inception in 1946, the squadron has performed for more than 414 million fans, according to its Web site.

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  1. So what says:
    April 20th, 2011 11:19 pm

    I wanted to watch America’s Next Top Model on youtube, but it got blocked… Who cares about votes being rigged, as if we don’t already know….

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