Youtube Ban: Site to stay blocked till filters in place

The court asked the petitioner to file a rejoinder to the PTA and IT ministry’s replies and adjourned hearing.


Our Correspondent August 01, 2013

PESHAWAR: YouTube cannot be reopened unless a mechanism is adopted to permanently block blasphemous material on the website, the Ministry of Information Technology informed the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday. A PHC division bench was hearing a petition by Mina Muhibbulah Kakakhel challenging the ban on the video-sharing channel. Advocate Kakakhel argued that students were facing problems searching for academic content. The bench, however, was informed that unless a solution was found, the ministry would not unblock YouTube. The court asked the petitioner to file a rejoinder to the PTA and IT ministry’s replies and adjourned hearing.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2013.

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