It is being reported on the mailing list for the Society Against Internet Censorship in Pakistan that YouTube is yet again being blocked here in Pakistan. Though no notification has yet surfaced from the the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority but most users are reporting a total blackout showing error pages while accessing youtube.com
A little investigation shows that it could be a new system employed by the censorship body as when we try to access the URL youtube.com it leads us to a blocked page but when you enter the IP address of the youtube website http://188.8.131.52/
It could easily be speculated that this block has yet again to do with the Geert Wilders movies Fitna which was released a few days earlier, but surprisingly it is not being hosted on youtube, in fact Google/Youtube had taken all instances of this movie due to a violation in its Terms of Service. The domain of the domain Fitnathemovie.com movie was also slashed by the host and later when Geert Wilders released the video, via LiveLeak it too suffered the cut since a number of employees were harassed forcing the management to remove the video for their own safety was.
it is working here as it was after the ban.
my ISP multinet/transworld seem to be blocking/filtering youtube as well, the site is accessible but when any video link is clicked an error “your java script is off or have older flash player” appears instead of the actual video , my java script is enabled and i have latest flash player installed as well so it seems they’re blocking the actual packet which is sent by the browser to youtube’s server for detecting flash player.
i cann’t access the site too.