Wikipedia Blocked in Pakistan for seven hours

In a very surprising development the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority which controls the Pakistan Internet Exchange had blocked access to the entire domain at around 1:00pm. Immediately the AGABBIP group and the Don’t Block the Blog team were set into motion. The ban was not localized to any single ISP but was throughout Pakistan, after seven hours of pursuance by the activists the ban was suddenly lifted. We just barely missed a Censorship of Knowledge in seven quick hours.

6 Comments so far

  1. Wahidi (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

    ne idea wat exactly got posted on wikipedia that forced the PTC to block it?….

  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 10:17 pm

    There was a page dedicated to the cartoons, more like a constantly developing story, it also had the cartoons on display.

  3. yo yo (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 10:17 pm

    I think it was DATE OF BIRTH of REEMA and Resham.

  4. Inspirex (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 10:58 pm

    ok…now THIS IS THE LIMIT!

  5. SWA (unregistered) on April 1st, 2006 @ 5:56 am

    wow! that post read like a line out of a horror story! we’re lucky there are already activists out there to stop such stupidity by the Pakistani Govt. I dont think theres any use of their trying to restrict free speech and free info in this day and age at all. Not gonna achieve anything. Freedom will always prevail.

  6. alias (unregistered) on April 1st, 2006 @ 7:17 am

    So what’s stopping them from blocking the sites that link to sites that contain the cartoons? Next thing we know, they’ve blocked Google, MSN, etc. Or MAYBE we might just turn into China and have pages blocked based on keywords. Morons!

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