WordPress temporarily blocked in Pakistan

Published: March 22, 2015
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WordPress.com is temporarily cloked in Pakistan. STOCK IMAGE

WordPress.com is temporarily cloked in Pakistan. STOCK IMAGE

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has temporarily blocked WordPress.com in Pakistan.

According to reports, PTA has asked all Internet Service Providers in Pakistan to block the site. WordPress.com, a blog hosting platform that hosts millions of blogs, is currently inaccessible on all major ISPs in the country.

It is still unclear why the site has been blocked.

ProPakistani.pk, quoting an unnamed source at PTA, has claimed that WordPress.com is blocked due to issues related to national security. It further said that the content which has caused the blockade of the site cannot be revealed due to sensitivity of the issue.

Read: Study finds Pakistan’s online space increasingly ‘not free’

A recent study released by Freedom House in December last year noted that increasing attempts by the government to curb access to content online while seeking introduction of laws that limit civil liberties online, has landed Pakistan among the 10 worst countries for net freedom.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • rebellious khan
    Mar 23, 2015 - 12:28AM

    ohh that’s not fair…. well i was worried about my blogging site… Recommend

  • Mar 23, 2015 - 12:47AM

    Shoot! I really hate this approach of blocking things. This is not the way to tackle matters.I thought I couldn’t sign in to my blog due to bad Wifi signal… :( First Youtube then this. No wonder the world thinks we’re oppressed.Recommend

  • Quratulain Khalid
    Mar 23, 2015 - 1:34AM

    Extremely surprised at this move by the PTA and curious to find out how a blogging platform could be a security threat to our country. What’s upsetting is that this stunt would only result in Pakistan being a source of entertainment for other countries and certainly not in a good way.

    PTA should explain this. Recommend

  • Mar 23, 2015 - 5:14AM

    i think its wordpress.org .. not wordpress.com …. OMG.Recommend

  • Wajahat Afaq
    Mar 23, 2015 - 6:16AM

    I just made my site on WordPress yesterday, and today what a superb gift i got from PTA, it’s not a way to tackle national security issues, when you were going to block WordPress, why didn’t you announced this weird decision on print or electronic media, you should explain each and every thing regarding this matter, you should have no authority to block any site in Pakistan, think twice before taking any decision,Recommend

  • TooTrue
    Mar 23, 2015 - 6:40AM

    Perhaps a hint of blasphemy? It’s the same thing as treason and national security rolled into one. We can’t have people think for themselves that’s why we have the Islamic Ideology folks. Recommend

  • Khurram
    Mar 23, 2015 - 9:07AM

    Pakistan suffers from illiteracy with the most illiterate being the people in power. The internet is free and no website should be blocked because then there is no point of having an internet, why not everyone go back to watching PTV’s 9pm news and just block all other channels too in the process. Recommend

  • Mar 23, 2015 - 1:24PM

    Right, and now I’m supposed to put my blog on hold for reasons I’m not even aware of?

    The PTA needs to grow up. The Internet is free and anyone can post anything – they don’t have power over the rest of the World. If they find something that doesn’t comply with their rules, whatever they are (rules in Pakistan, LOL), then surely they do have the authority to block solely those pages?

    First YT, now this. Do they even realize how much they’re hurting the people – these sites they block for fun are actually pretty useful.Recommend

  • Mar 23, 2015 - 1:27PM

    Any word on when it’ll be unblocked, though?Recommend

  • Omer
    Mar 23, 2015 - 2:11PM

    @Quratulain Khalid:
    Because people are earning through making sites from wordpress, this is a problem for the government and so it is a real threat to the national security. One day internet will entirely be blocked from this country. So chill.Recommend

  • Quratulain Khalid
    Mar 23, 2015 - 4:25PM

    @Omer:
    I won’t be surprised if that happens. All of this is just sad, frustrating and disappointing. Recommend

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