YouTube ban restricts rights of Pakistanis: Human rights organisation

B4A Pakistan says anti-Islam film should not be allowed to form basis of systematic censorship, filtering of Internet.


Web Desk/web Desk September 18, 2012

KARACHI: Condemning hate speech on the internet in general and the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” in particular, the Bytes for All (B4A) Pakistan said it believes that banning “channels of communication [YouTube], limiting access to information platforms and steps to curtail free expression only serve to pave the way for politics-based control systems that curb the voices of individuals.”

The B4A, a human rights organisation with a focus on Information and Communication Technologies, commented on the recent ban imposed on video sharing website YouTube as per the order of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.

The organisation stressed that the film should not be allowed to form the basis of systematic censorship and filtering of internet in the country.

It further stated that the blanket ban restricted the rights of Pakistani citizens, who wish to use the platform for counter-argument, expression and other educational and developmental purposes.

“This extreme step ignores the alternative, more conservative actions that were available to the government, including the issuing of a take-down notice to YouTube for the removal of specific content in Pakistan,” the B4A remarked.

COMMENTS (39)

iiiii | 8 years ago | Reply

What do u people think banning youtube is gonna do?

KHALID RASHID | 8 years ago | Reply

I have serious doubts about intelligence level of our govt planners and decesion makers.80% of our population live in villages where there is no electricity.what to talk of internet .90% of our people have no access to internet. what is idea of banning YTUBE ,

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