Pakistani cyberspace obsessed with WikiLeaks

Published: December 8, 2010

The leaked American diplomatic cables released by whistleblower WikiLeaks this week have not only taken the world’s governments and financial markets by storm, they have also caused a stir in the Pakistani cyberspace, with Pakistan topping the global charts for ‘WikiLeaks’ searches on Google.

Pakistan’s obsession with the news is no secret. Being Pakistani means being accustomed to the many ‘happenings’ that provide fodder for a booming news media industry. Whether it is bomb blasts, natural disasters, match-fixing scandals, crime, corruption allegations or military operations – the news media is never short of things to report and Pakistani viewers and readers are provided with a healthy diet of news to feed off a huge appetite that has been built up throughout the years of a developing media.

Among the top 20 most visited websites by Pakistani internet users according to Alexa, four are news websites belonging to mainstream media outlets.

And when it is about secrets contained in leaked diplomatic cables, the value of the news seems to increase all the more. Statistics collated by Google Trends revealed that Pakistan had the highest number of searches for WikiLeaks in the past seven days (as on December 1). Italy follows second to Pakistan with 18 per cent lesser searches. Next come in Finland, Israel, Estonia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Norway, Algeria and Poland, respectively.

The statistics point to the importance being given to WikiLeaks by Pakistani internet users compared to those of any other country. They may, however, not be a very reliable representation of the situation as the sample for these results is based only on searches done on the Google website, ignoring WikiLeaks related content reached directly through news and other related websites.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2010.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Patti zyada Chuna kum
    Dec 8, 2010 - 7:04PM

    So my dear, you should have changed the current caption to ‘Pakistanis most unknowledgable about wikileaks website address…’Recommend

  • Omar A.
    Dec 8, 2010 - 7:08PM

    The Pakistani media is too obsessed about wikileaks. What I am curious about is that why wasnt this obsession with wikileaks before the cablegate releases. Wikileaks has leaked more prominent stuff….the biggest of which is the video of rueters journalist and civilians being slaughtered by americans in iraq by apache helicopters. It also then released Iraq and Afghanistan war diary showing civilian casualities than reported. My question is why the media wasnt that interested in wikileaks than….I understand that more pakistani players are involved this time in the cables…but for the sake of spread of information….the media just brushed the previous releases under the carpet.Recommend

  • Yaldrum
    Dec 8, 2010 - 11:13PM

    And your point is finally Pakistanis are using google for some thing other then porn?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 9, 2010 - 4:17AM

    its because this leak contains more dirty laundry than ever unearthed .. we are witnessing a history in making ladsRecommend

  • Dec 9, 2010 - 8:50AM

    Wow ! Pakistani cyberspace obsessed with WikiLeaks : The Hacker News ~ http://www.thehackernews.com/2010/12/wow-pakistani-cyberspace-obsessed-with.htmlRecommend

  • Dec 10, 2010 - 10:42PM

    Boys,

    Your leaks, your feudal masters ain’t a patch on our scandals and criminal politicians. Check Indian newspapers.Recommend

  • Gudang
    Dec 10, 2010 - 11:45PM

    Oh really… I thought last Pakistan was being called Pornistan for all unmentionable searches thats Pakistanis do on google.Recommend

  • Jan 28, 2011 - 5:07PM

    thanks your infoRecommend

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