Is the blog ban back on?

Posted on August 28, 2006
Filed Under Economy & Development, Education, Politics, Science and Technology
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Adil Najam

This news is not yet confirmed so I want to be careful about how I phrase it. Careful, but not silent.

Reportedly, the official ban on blog sites that had originally been imposed after the Danish cartoon controversy and was reportedly lifted earlier this month, is now back on and blogspot sites in Pakistan have been blocked again.

One rumor in the emails floating around is that this may be related to the crisis unleashed by the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti. Another explanation is that the ban had never been really lifted but changed made by had briefly made the sites accessible again in Pakistan, and now the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has become wise of those changes and clamped down on them.

If the news is correct, people in Pakistan will again be unable to directly access any blog hosted by; which is the majority.

Readers and bloggers in Pakistan, can you please confirm if this is true?

Please tell me I am wrong. I hope that the PTA has the good sense not to go down this senseless path again.

I am clinging to the hope that the news may be wrong because the people who run the ‘Don’t Block the Blog’ campaign in Pakistan don’t have anything on this on their site yet, but that is probably because they want to be absolutely sure if this has actually happened. I want to be sure that it hasn’t.
The ingenuity of the Pakistani mind had, in fact, devised ways to circumvent the ban and had even created similar tools for bloggers in India when the Indian government took similar steps to ban blogs after the recent Mumbai bombings.

The idea of such a ban, for whatever reason, is absolutely absurd and futile – largely because it causes inconvenience and resentment but does not really change anything.

Once again, PTA, please prove this news wrong!

9 responses to “Is the blog ban back on?”

  1. Its sad but yes the Ban is rock solid back in Pakistan, I truly feel its about time someone stops making this issue a mockery as the PTA continues to do so every few months.

    Its been rumored that the PTA has recently acquired some hot monitoring equipment for implementation in Pakistan, would love to know if anyone has any clue or is it just a rumor?

    And yes we at DBTB were holding out on confirmation of the blockage, there is now indeed a post indicating its blocked status

  2. Sohaib says:

    The guys at have epitomized cool and noble acts. Just access your blogs using No hassles, no worries.

  3. ayesha says:

    Apparently, it is back again and just when I was heaving a sigh of relief that life is simple again.

    Up until Sunday evening I was able to browse the blogspot domain – but now the ban seems to back up. :\

  4. saady says:

    Yep, the blogspot ban is back up…

  5. iFaqeer says:

    Yes, Nasir, that’s what it means.

    There’s a group of people who have been following this issue and now identify themselves as the “Society Against Internet Censorship in Pakistan” and which, so far, has a Google Group.

    I know there are other groups in Pakistan that are organized around the social and political aspects of technology. I am hoping readers of this site can help identify those, so we can help build some sort of networking.

    Also, Adil didn’t mention the WikiPakistan page on the issue:

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