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February 24, 2008

TWA Internet backbone blocks only Blasphemous video URL

youtube unblocked in Pakistan on TWAYesterday all Internet users in Pakistan were up in arms protesting the sudden censorship of the entire Youtube.com domain. A number of theories circulated which ranged from vote rigging videos to the cartoon video containing the blasphemous images disgracing our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority the appointed monitoring agency had issued a notification blocking a specific URL and a bunch of IP addresses, which belonged to the youtube.com domain. Since yesterday we all witnessed a domain wide blockade of all content from youtube.com and we generally had confirmed reports that this existed throughout out the country, only today did a kind gentleman shared with us screen captures of his computer showing the unblocked youtube website but the specific offending URL is censored from all TWA users. A bit of history all ISP’s in Pakistan connect through the FLAG backbone via the PTCL/PIE link but some ISP’s choose to go via the other bandwidth hub coming via TransWorld.

youtube unblocked in Pakistan on TWA.JPGPIE sadly does not have the ability to enforce a URL specific block and is forced to employ an IP wide block hence we say the entire Youtube domain off limits to us, while TWA with its advanced filtering system can specifically block URL’s

Screen captures courtesy Abdul Sami Azeemi who connects via a local cable connection onto the TWA network. Coming in with this information we could only suggest the Google/Youtube to remove this offensive hate spurring video while at the same time a strong condemnation to the Pakistani government to have resorted to censorship as their first line of defense. It seems illogical that they would hinder their own people in using one very important tool of the modern era.

2 Comment(s)

  1. Nart | Feb 24, 2008 | Reply

    While the url http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3s8jtvvg00 is what was accessed, the url in the blockpage is http://www.youtube.com/watch? which suggests that while the front matter at youtube.com may be accessible all the videos may not be since they are accessed via /watch?. Is it possioble to check some non-offensive youtube videos to confirm?

  2. shameka | Apr 17, 2008 | Reply

    I wouls like to know how you unblock certain pages in my cholls library such as: myspace and aol messaging. I cant even go to google to find out how to unblock the sites because they have already blocked the google search for blocking sites. This is where you come in!!
    Thank you

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