Blogspot is UNBLOCKED

Friends it gives me pleasure to announce on Karachi Metroblog that the blogspot domain is now unblocked and internet users from Pakistan can freely roam the entire domain. Credit goes for each and every person who participated in the campaign.

Present Status the unblocking is sadly partial – off the intial list of twelve websites indicated in the Supreme Court decision FOUR are now unblocked, but the sole blogspot offending website which was the culprit causing all wesbites to be blocked is now fully visible to internet users in Pakistan. The six Balauchistan centric websites presently are blocked, so its not a completely victory for Freedom of Speech but a partial victory
Credit:

Don’t Block the Blog
Action Group Against Blogspot Ban In Pakistan

32 Comments so far

  1. nawaz (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 9:07 pm

    yes awab. congrats! it has been unblocked. i guess u still need to check on the OTHER type of blogs. other than that, its all good.


  2. Jay the big J (Jamash) (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 9:47 pm

    Congratulations Dr. Awab, I hope the six Balauchistan centric web sites also open soon.


  3. quratulain khan (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 10:33 pm

    your campaign was a brilliant idea and i’m impressed to see how much attention it got internationally. good work!


  4. Anathema (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

    to the ones who started it: salutations.
    to everyone who wrked at it: congratulations to you too.

    and most of all: thank you.


  5. MB (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    My post deleted ?
    Why ?


  6. javad (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 11:58 pm

    My post deleted ?
    Why ?

    Posted by: MB at May 2, 2006 11:07 PM

    BECAUSE YOU DON’T WRITE WELL.


  7. Zain (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 12:19 am

    MB – I guess your handwriting is not as good as Javad’s.


  8. Tee (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 12:41 am

    ….and so a rotten day ends with a good news!
    congrats to the team of Dont Block the Blog!
    :-)


  9. jammie (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 1:38 am

    excellent work. we need people like you in the government!!


  10. xia (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 3:09 am

    what’s up with baloch centric blogs? are they against pakistan? if they are, should we allow them in pakistan?


  11. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 3:19 am

    @XIA – I think the problem is primarily on the principle of the block, who decides what should be open and what is blocked

    I and you, may/may not object to the contents of the Baluch websites or for that matter the cartoons. The people who surf there should decide based on their conscience what is permissible and what is not.

    In such an open accessible world you cant stop information by blocking single websites, there are multiple ways and multiple sources for the same information.

    Who should be given the authority to control content – I think the people should be entrusted to decide themselves.


  12. MB (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 5:30 am

    @ZAIN :
    How do you check “Hand writing” over internet where every alphabet is the courtesy of your Keyboard.

    @TM : Sir, You didn’t reply to my query


  13. khanana (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 7:01 am

    party!!

    thats a good news :) but i wonder why my blog is still not accessible?
    i just tried …it dint come and showed the same error msg :(


  14. Dee (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 7:17 am

    But why on earth they blocked the sites ?
    There is something called *Freedom of Speech* , Isnt it?.

    to the person (Xia)>>>>who says “Whats up with Baluch centric…………..Should we allow them in Pakistan?”.Are you out of your mind? ppl do have difference of opinion but you dont say kich them out of their country.
    Dee


  15. mansoor (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 7:54 am

    hmm.. even my blog isnt accessible.. i guess it’ll take ISP’s a while to realize that the ban is down and do something about it……. or maybe PIE really hasnt unblocked them :(


  16. xia (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 10:17 am

    Thank you Dr Sahib. Since your post was about un-lawful blocking, I would try to stick to the point, but I would disagree with you on the cartoons. No matter how open the society becomes, racial slurs or blasphemous contents should not be allowed on religion’s expense. You are lucky that you live in a society where you hear the adhan 5 times a day. May be 6 times if you regularly attend Jum’a. I on the other hand, have to live in a society where the only thing I have is my religion to hold on to, otherwise I would become a “victim” of the so called free society. We have to work hard to let people understand our religion and it really doesn’t help when we protest about something over here and our own brothers post the same things on their blogs. I have seen some Christians more concerned about the religious rights and respect than people who have commented on those blogs.

    We the Muslims should learn from Jews. Most of the European countries would send you to jail for denying Holocaust. Most of the Jewish people I know enjoy these rights because they fought for them wisely. I was really disappointed to see that some of the Muslims did what we cannot even expect the worse enemies of Islam to do. Just to be cool or just to fit in, they put up the cartoons so that people could see and decide it for themselves what the fuss was all about? Didn’t they just think for one moment that what they are doing has basically no point? I mean, why would a Muslim go and do something that he/she knows would offend his/her own brethren? Or if someone is that desperate don’t you think they can just go and get the cartoons themselves? If the cartoons didn’t offend your core beliefs, than please disregard this paragraph.

    Let’s come back to blocking and not blocking the websites. In my humble opinion anything that creates a rift among us Muslims or anything that would further divide Pakistan should be put on watch. People should be advised not to go to those sites or not to engage in such activities. If someone visits these sites they should be watched for future references. This is what is happening in your so called free societies now. Freedom of speech is bogus (or close to bogus) in western societies. You are free to speak about whatever, but if you are found committing treason you will be prosecuted and may be killed. Almost every masjid is watched and people who visit these masajids are watched. I don’t see any of the so called wanna be intellectuals in dear Pakistan to raise noise?

    Our loyal politicians just like to fill their pockets at everyone else’s expense and they have tons of loyalist. Just remember those days when “aik, do, teen was called on mic and crowd of thousands went into silence”. I remember because I was there for several of those occasions and maybe if hung out with that crowd a little bit more, I would develop a different way to look at things. Pakistan cannot afford to monitor citizens like every other so called free society does. That is the reason the block was on the sites. Pakistan simply does not have means to watch those people who are potentially dangerous or who are becoming dangerous because of the manipulative tactics that are out on the internet.


  17. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    Balochvoice.com is one of the baloch sites that is blocked. It isn’t even accessible through proxies.


  18. MB (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 3:01 pm

    It is accessible through proxies dear. Apart from this you can try many softwares (proxifiers)for it. Do let me know if you need help


  19. Adnan (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

    BV.com,whats so special in it?i have visited it a couple of times,not different then Indian’s RSS website.


  20. Ramla A. (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

    Exceptionally good news! Great efforts, Dr.! Now we can blog without having to worry about subverting the system…

    BTW on the subject of censorship- I have been posting a comment on the Dr. Essa Lab post. It is a criticism, and my comment has not been posted. With all the other contrarion posts allowed on the said blog entry, I wonder why my objection was not even posted.


  21. Noman (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 7:31 pm

    Ramla, I could understand your pain :-) . Ain’t you in moderator list, can’t you approve your messages youself. I have posted so many innconet comments but they are just deleted when they see my name. It gives me great pleasure to observe their attitude with my comments and when they say ‘Do Not Block Blog’. We are having fun , aren’t we ??


  22. original-anon (unregistered) on May 4th, 2006 @ 9:31 am

    @Ramla – welcome to the ‘comment deleted by MB’club – feel good because you are part of a select group. Now you know how the other half lives:)


  23. khanana (unregistered) on May 4th, 2006 @ 11:20 am

    man .. my blog at blogspot is still not working :(
    what was unblocked here?

    By the way on this freedom of speech once I wrote a bit on my blog. It has nothing to do with the word ‘freedom’ rather its a free word that can be use and given meaning as per need :P.

    You guys may check out more @

    http://khanana.blogspot.com/2006/04/freedom-of-speech-exposed-hypocrisy.html
    or
    http://www.pkblogs.com/khanana/2006/04/freedom-of-speech-exposed-hypocrisy.html


  24. wasiq (unregistered) on May 5th, 2006 @ 3:44 am

    “your next mission JIM…..!”


  25. wasiq (unregistered) on May 5th, 2006 @ 5:14 am

    internet(www) is an amazing place. sometimes a page of the post with recent comments and the earlier ones floats side by side maybe due to the time zone differences just like paper sheets floating on water.Most eventually get wet and drown never to be found again except….the page that is on your monitor screen now.Recently i had this very interesting experience of reading a deleted comment maybe because the blog author took more time to make a decision or maybe i just got lucky….can any of you regular bloggers explain this technically.
    Also some symbols used in the text such as the parenthesis wipe out the text within…..

    @ are you sure you click on the POST and not on the Preview…????lol


  26. Jay the big J (Jamash) (unregistered) on May 5th, 2006 @ 2:47 pm

    Why am I Not getting a fresh page with a direct Blogspot link while I am getting a fresh page from Pkblog.com ? Is it my ISP or something else ?


  27. Ramla A. (unregistered) on May 5th, 2006 @ 3:17 pm

    Noman/ Orig-Anon:

    I am not part of the “select group.” I de-selected myself some time ago, and found that deciison to be very rewarding.

    As for the MB/KMB thing, I have shifted that out of my “circle of influence” to my “circle of concern,” where it rightly belongs.

    Sheesh!


  28. original-anon (unregistered) on May 5th, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

    @Ramla – that was a tongue-in-cheek remark, I was referring to the select group whose comments have been deleted by MB. I am the proud founder-member of that club:)
    @Poo Poo Head – welcome back old buddy and mind your step this time – the ‘decorum’ police is watching you:)
    @Faisal – I was thinking about you, so good to see you here again.


  29. mansoor (unregistered) on May 5th, 2006 @ 11:04 pm

    mm.. so many days since Blogspot has *allegedly* been unbanned…. i guess it does work from some isps.. unfortunately neither the ISP at work, nor the one @ my home is letting me access it! So for me.. its gonna be good ol PkBlogs for the time being… :(


  30. MB (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

    @RAMLA: I have no idea which comments you are mentioning here. And there is no comment deleted by anyone from that post. Please do let me know. This has happened with me two times. I send a comment and it was not on the page. Actually the author doesn’t get it in his comment list due to connectivity and the person who commented thinks his post has been deleted. It happened with me in TM’s post. You can see a comment as well as an email to KMB authors.

    @POO POO HEAD: Dude i can understand your silent frustration. And you & your co know very well why your posts were deleted. And do i need to tell others about you being banned here? It’s good that you have become a good kid now. And hey! Did you get a bride for your advertise?. Lolz.


  31. Ramla A. (unregistered) on May 12th, 2006 @ 2:44 am

    Doc:
    How was your experience in the freedom-expression Asia conference? I am going through the conference material and find it very interesting. Please, do share with the rest of the community for its educative value on the new media.

    orig-anon:
    Aik club ki membership mili bhi toh woh yeh club tha! Afsos!

    MB:
    Sigh! Never mind.


  32. MB (unregistered) on May 16th, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

    Alright.
    Do save a copy. Coz thats what i have started doing.



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