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February 22, 2008

Youtube Blocked in Pakistan

Just in – Youtube seems to have been blocked in Pakistan

There are two theories one is that an Anti-Islamic movie was being blocked while another theory is that a few videos did surface which showed poll rigging in Karachi

Sources say that this video could very well be the objectionable video that is being blocked in Pakistan – I have not seen the video as I cant access it, here is the text link, please venture at your own risk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3s8jtvvg00

This is the email received from MultiNet via the Proud-Pakistani Mailing List where they place the onus on the People of Pakistan to put pressure on Youtube for unblocking the website.

Dear Valued Customer:

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (www.pta.gov.pk) has directed all ISPs of the country to block access to www.youtube.com web site for containing blasphemous web content/movies.

The site would remain blocked till further orders from PTA. Meanwhile, Internet users can write to youtube.com to remove the objectionable web content/movies because this removal would enable the authorities to order un-blocking of this web site.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

Best Regards

Manager
Technical Assistance Center
Micronet Broadband Pvt. Ltd.
Islamabad

Traceroute to Youtube

Tracing route to youtube.com [208.65.153.251]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 <1 ms 1 ms <1 ms login.router [192.168.1.1] 2 25 ms 23 ms 26 ms 116.71.208.1 3 23 ms 23 ms 24 ms 203.99.170.202 4 46 ms 47 ms 48 ms a1-1-102.khi77gw1.pie.net.pk [202.125.159.41] 5 pos2-2.khi77gsrc1.pie.net.pk [202.125.159.45] reports: Destination host unreachable

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