Pakistan Blocks Wikipedia Over “Blasphemous” Content material: Report

Pakistan Blocks Wikipedia Over 'Blasphemous' Content: Report

Wikipedia is a free on-line encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers all over the world


Pakistan has blocked Wikipedia after the web site refused to take away offensive or blasphemous materials, in keeping with a media report on Saturday.

The blacklisting of Wikipedia comes days after the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) degraded Wikipedia providers for 48 hours, threatening to dam it if the content material deemed ‘blasphemous’ was not deleted, The Information newspaper reported.

When a PTA spokesperson was contacted late on Friday night time and inquired in regards to the blocking of Wikipedia, the official confirmed that “sure” it had been blocked, it reported.

On the instruction of the excessive court docket, the PTA degraded – disrupting and slowing entry to the encyclopedia – web site for 48 hours as a result of there was blasphemous content material on it.

Wikipedia is a free on-line encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers all over the world and hosted by the Wikimedia Basis.

The PTA spokesperson said that Wikipedia was approached for blocking/elimination of the mentioned content material by issuing a discover.

A possibility for a listening to was additionally supplied; nevertheless, the platform neither complied by eradicating the blasphemous content material nor appeared earlier than the authority.

Given the intentional failure on a part of the platform to adjust to the instructions of PTA, the providers of Wikipedia had been degraded for 48 hours with the route to dam/take away the reported contents.

The restoration of Wikipedia’s providers will likely be reconsidered if the reported illegal content material is blocked/eliminated, the spokesman mentioned.

Social media giants Fb and YouTube have been blocked prior to now over content material deemed blasphemous.

Blasphemy is a delicate difficulty in Muslim-majority Pakistan.


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