Tag: Censorship

  • Pakistan’s Political Future: An Alternative Perspective – Imran Khan at the Asia Society

    An event is being held by the Asia Society where Imran Khan will shed light on the present political siltation in Pakistan, as usual a live webcast will be available for those who may want to participate and once the session is completed I will post the MP3 file here on the blog for others…

  • RSF: Government lifts cable ban on Geo TV but makes it remove some programmes

    Reporters Without Borders issues a press statement Reporters Without Borders hails the lifting of a government ban on cable TV distribution of the privately-owned TV channel Geo News but deplores the fact that President Pervez Musharraf made it conditional on the suppression of some its programmes. “Geo News has made major contribution to improving Pakistanis’…

  • RSF Questions Cyber Crime Law in Pakistan

    Reporters Without Borders has written a strong letter to the Minister of Information and Technology questioning the Government of Pakistan on the Cyber Crime Ordinance which was promulgated into effect barely a two weeks ago. Reporters Without Borders fears that a new law on cyber crime, revealed on 7 January by the authorities, will pose…

  • HRCP doubts polls can ensure democracy

    Human Right Commission of Pakistan has just sent a press release where they share doubt that these election polls can ensure democracy read the entire press release here The process leading to the January elections holds no promise of any transition to democracy. On the contrary, the elections are being used to sideline critical issues…

  • CNBC Warned for ‘Objectionable Programing’

    It is being reported that CNBC Pakistan, a local business channel broadcasting business news in Urdu has just recently been issued a warning from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Wednesday over violation of the code of conduct and the PEMRA Ordinance by airing objectionable programme. Under the PEMRA Ordinance, no programme would…

  • US Activist Arrested at US Senate Hearing on Pakistan

    On December 6, Tighe Barry, a CODEPINK activist who along with Medea Benjamin was deported from Pakistan at gunpoint for supporting pro-democracy forces, was arrested at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on US Assistance to Pakistan. Barry and Benjamin, deported on December 5, flew directly to Washington DC to attend this hearing. They…

  • SMS Update @ 1949: Vigil at Geo

    Via SMS: There is a crowd of over 1000 people singing to the tune of Jenay Do a very moving sight God Bless Pakistan. Update: The candle light vigil which was announced at Geo offices in Karachi to basically condemn the shutting down of the two popular media channels was truly amazing. The vigil itself…

  • Update @ 0055: Geo TV Pulled off air from Dubai

    About a few hours ago, Geo TV (www.geo.tv) which is a private tv channel that is financed by private investors in Pakistan, and broadcast (land to air) from their base in Dubai were ordered by the UAE government after being pressurized by the Pakistani Military/Musharaff’s government to shut down the television station from broadcasting to…

  • Update @ 0130: Geo News DDoS’d

    On Friday at around 2030 the Geo.tv started to received a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Serice) attack and they were able to recover from this surge of artificial traffic after two hours of down time by around 2235. Geo.tv reports that this is the second time such an attack occurred on its servers resulting in…

  • Update @ 1240: Benazir Bhutto detained, HRCP website blocked

    I’ve just received a SMS from Doc that Benazir Bhutto has been detained at her residence in Islamabad while one of the activists on the ground in Pakistan sent in a message via Skype, stating that the HRCP (Human Rights Commission Pakistan) website has been blocked in Pakistan by the PTA (Pakistan Telecommunications Authority). For…

  • Update @ 0200: Protest at Press Club in Karachi today

    The following is a poster announcing a protest starting from 1600 (Pakistan time) today at the Press Club in Karachi which calls upon the people of Pakistan to demand for an end to the media blackout, the restoration of Supreme Court judges and lifting the state of emergency and martial law in Pakistan (sent via…

  • WordPress.com Blockage in Thailand

    Don’t Block the Blog (DBTB.org): Barely a few days earlier Turkey had gone through a similar blockage of the entire WordPress.com domain being blocked for Turkish users. Reports are now coming in that Thailand has also sadly scummed to a similar bout of censorship effectively blocking the entire WordPress.com domain for all internet users in…

  • Turkey Censors WordPress.com

    A few months back in March there was a huge circus surrounding the decision by the Turkish government to block the entire YouTube website as it hosted a video which according to the official government statement was insulting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Unsurprisingly the same, modern Turkey was now up in…

  • FascistArmy.org Website Blocked in Pakistan

    It is a fact that those romantic days of ‘Enlightened Moderation‘ a key phrase used to disguise the term Martial Law by Pervaiz Musharraf are a thing of the past. General Musharraf is now the Judge, Jury, Prosecutor and defendant all in one, playing with the fate of this country as he feels appropriate. His…

  • Geo Tv Blackballed because of Imran Khan

    Last night GEO.tv was scheduled to re-broadcast the Jawab Deh where Iktikhar (also known as ‘Fitna’) the show host was interviewing Imran Khan and his tell-all attack on MQM. Reports of the blocked channel came first from Gulshan and it was soon verified by GEO where a number of areas across the country were blocked.…