Government orders to blocks YouTube, again
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has ordered PTA to block video sharing website Youtube once again after it was briefly restored on Saturday.
The notification for unblocking the website was issued by Assistant Director (Enforcement) Ali Waqas Raza to all ISPs across the country.
He requested the ISPs to “immediately unblock/restore complete YouTube website provisionally till further orders” and called for submission of compliance through email by 3pm.
Rehman Malik said:
[pull_quote_center]”There was a great demand to unblock YouTube from all sections of society… expect the notification today,”[/pull_quote_center] Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Twitter that the decision to allow access was due to huge public demand, and that the telecom regulator would install a firewall to maintain a block on unseemly content.
PTA is finalising negotiations for acquiring a powerful firewall software to totally block pornographic and blasphemous material
The government had banned YouTube on September 17 to block access to blasphemous film Innocence of Muslims after violent protests erupted across the Muslim world.
Nationwide protests ensued on September 21, claiming 26 lives, wounding 200 people and causing massive financial damage across the country.
ISPAK Convener Wahajus Sira said:
[pull_quote_center]It is a good development because many people, especially students and institutions, were using YouTube for education, and were facing difficulties as alternate websites were not as good[/pull_quote_center]
Rehman Malik was most insistent on YouTube’s restoration. He met with the PTA officials on Friday and tweeted about the restoration of the website hours later.