The Internet & Blog censorship scenario in on going events

Update 1 : Just found this BBC link about journalist story.

First read this on a side note:- Latest is, three journalist from Karachi have received letters along with 3 bullets inside. It triggered protests by journalist in different cities across country. The message in letters is same: They have been asked to shut their mouth for good. There is hardly any doubt about where it would have come from.

Media played a crucial role in recent events which was also a long-awaited & due role. Gov, for obvious reasons is not happy & is using its old & outdated but yet effective tactics. Many people turn to Internet for news & info apart from channels & we could see websites full of content on current events but due to many factors this medium may hardly be able to influence a reasonable percentage of readers.

I received dubious SMS messages last week. Later I found out that it was some friends, who read KMB & decided to tease me, & on going events helping them as catalyst. While my fears immediately disappeared in thin air but I do remember the story about the Egyptian Blogger, put in jail by gov. Given the fact that this is Pakistan, worse is expected if someone get really pissed off in gov.

Does anyone have any idea on how much gov looks upon internet websites? Given the amount of deafness it shows & its Sate-of-denial policy I hardly see any reason if we are ever read by gov officials or taken notice of. But at the same time the famous blog ban episode (Also here) is still fresh in memories. Is there any chance we ever see KMB feel the heat too?

How much bloggers should be careful when writing their posts?. What should be the ratio of sacrificing reality vs taking precautionary approach or as TM asked us on KMB email list , to be “low in profile” for some time.

25 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 12:56 am

    well goons from countless agencies do look and monitor websites.. remember when bugti was murdered all balochi nationalist sites were blocked.. and recently Lal masjid’s site was also blocked.. these people do monitor wats being said on internet and in main stream media…

  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 1:05 am

    BBC Urdu radio’s anchor seem to have nailed terrorist from Muhajir Rabita council.. while talking to senior leader of MQM’ Muhajir Rabita Council achor asked about the hit list of journalist that was issued by them .. he denied that any list was issued by them… the anchor further asked that from the same fax number that the hit list was sent,we(at bbc) also have received condemnation from MQM’s farooq sattar and disowning of muhajir rabita council and in past also have been receiving MQM’s press releases from same fax number.. what do you have to say to that… MQM’s leader went blank.. totally speechless

  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 1:18 am

    leading singer Dr Salman Ahmed of the rock group Junoon has said that the MQM once threatened him that if he did not perform at its rally, and his wife and children would be abducted.

    “They have threatened me on many occasions in the past 15 years. One particular time was when I refused to perform at Altaf’s marriage function in Karachi and London where all other artists, including Ali Azmat, were browbeaten into going and performing for ‘his majesty’s’ pleasure. The man who threatened me was called ‘Khalid bin Walid’ and was a known terrorist and murderer,” he said

    Walid is said to have called Ahmed’s staff and soundman, Ishtiaq Ahmed, and threatened them with dire consequences.

    According to Salman Ahmed, “Ishtiaq pleaded with me to go and perform or risk being killed. In 1992, the MQM also threatened to abduct my wife and children if I did not show up at an MQM rally to welcome their leader, Azim Tariq.”

  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 1:20 am

    its encouraging to see courageous people coming out and sharing their ordeal… only this will deter these terrorists from MQM otherwise they’d think that we can terrorize any one and every one and no fingers would be raised against us..

  5. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 1:26 am

    serious fire outbreak on M A jinah road at around 11:30 …

  6. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 1:46 am

    Iqbal Center next to Dilpasand sweet on M A Jinnah road is engulfed in fire, toxic fumes from platics shops on fire are making it difficult to control the fire and firemen are having serious breathing problems.. iqbal center is a multi story apartment building , on ground floor there are around 500 shops of different items…

  7. newb3e (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 2:43 am

    good news for all MAN UTD fans we have signed two of the best young player
    Nani and Anderson “the new ronaldinho”

  8. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 5:07 am

    Damn!. D0ct0r on a rampage!.

    These guys are terrorists. Threatning & hurting ppl is the only way they can remain in business.

    What else can one expect??.

    @ Newb: Preliminary & medical pending. Great move for the future, but we still need a striker + get rossi back from Parma.

  9. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 5:10 am

    btw, could the mods please take a second look @ all these “Prophetic” messages on various threads?….its getting a bit over.

  10. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 7:47 am

    I think at least the authors of blogs like KMB should stop putting out opinionated stories. Rather, they should post a story and then let the people discuss it. If they want to take a part in the discussion, they should do it in the form of Comments and NOT in their own story. Keep it CRYSTAL

  11. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 7:52 am

    And to these MQM ghundas, what can I say but… “STOP PUSHING PEOPLE GOD DAMN IT!”

  12. Saad (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 8:15 am

    Doctor – Do you have a link to that radio interview?

  13. MB (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 11:10 am

    @TO EVERYone
    As of a reminder, irrelevant comments are considered SPAM in KMB policy. So happy commenting but remember you are just wasting your time as they will ultimately see the DEL button.

  14. cyrum (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    threat to free speach exist in all parts of world, somewhere in terms of “matter of national security” somewhere as “in greater interest of masses” and at some places where “chronic losers become the rulers”

    free speach is no where safe,

    I have clear messages conveyed by some great country loving people inside the complexes who listen to all “marked red” cell phones, and those whose job assignment is to “monitor blogs” & international newspapers – to report and find out whats the temperature of literate people about the rulers and individuals in govt, — and they get paid for the job.

    OUR IP addresses are all available and no wonder some writer here HIM / HERSELF is a “SPOOK”

    Living examples are:

    mujeebur rehman shami, abdul qadir hasan, irshad ahmed haqqano (former ambassador to sri lanka), mushahid hussain saiyed, hamid mir, abbas mahkeri, azhar abbas, ghazi salahuddin, kamran khan,

    sometime or other all of them were / are on payroll of ‘sensitive departments’

  15. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 1:46 pm

    @Saad i was listening to BBCurdu while driving back home at around 8:15 pm .. Shafi Naqi jami of bbc interviewed Iqbal Bandhani of Muhajir Rabita council …

  16. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 2:50 pm

    Government consider ban on all live coverage by news channels and to cover live event they’ll need to get permission from government..

    dictatorship showing its true colors..

  17. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

    Government considering ban on all live coverage by news channels and to cover live event tv channels would need to get permission from government..

    dictatorship showing its true colors..

  18. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    sorry del double comment..

  19. Saad (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

    Doc it’ll be great if you start pointing out the sources to your tidbits as well :p. Since I’m always up for spreading such news around, it’ll help if you can post a source to it as well.

  20. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 12:51 am

    dictator wants to curb civil liberties… after imposing ban on Live coverage by TV channels , now National Crisis and Management Cell’s Brig Cheema have asked all clubs,halls and hotels to take permission before booking any event in islamabad.. after saturday’s Supreme court Bar’s seminar , dictator is taking drastic and draconian steps to curb freedom of expression

  21. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 1:50 am

    ye salman ahmed ko kia huwa yar? somebody tell him that Newyork is not part of other planer. Bhai log also reside there. Who knows, they wud have contacted(SUPARI) some local black to kill him.

  22. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 2:24 am

    @Adnan so true.. these MQM’s goon have dispersed all over the world after Naseerullah Baber’s crackdown on them.. you can find many of them in South Africa,UK and USA…

  23. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 2:46 am

    but then again i must say that people should come out openly against these terrorist.. otherwise they’ll be encouraged and will continue with their brutal tactics..

  24. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 12:55 am

    Urdu Speaking peoples are patriotic pakistanis.. its just few ignorant people who are supporting these terrorist.. if alternate muhajir leadership comes up then definitely they’ll support them and not these terrorist..

  25. axiomatic (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    Hey Doc
    Have a grip man. We have much bigger problems than MQM. I would say we have always been badly wanting in leadership. As Iqbal said “bari mjsuhkil say hota hai chaman mein deedawar paida”.
    MQM is another symptom of a chronic disease (speaking in medical term) that has ailed us for last 60 years (or would I say more).Have you seen that street kids article on KMB? Look how our future generations have been failed. Would you wonder if one of these kids (in another 3-4 years) goes out on the street with an AK-47 at someones behest?

    Pakistan has never been liberated, my friend. We were and are still slaves on our own soil.
    People like you and me are also responsible because basically we are cowards, unwilling to sacrifice, unable to look beyond our noses.
    The ‘foreign hand’, the king makers have masterfully ensured that rather than working for their people, our leaders should serve the former’s interests or be eliminated. They could not have been served better but by our corrupted leaders, who for a few ‘cents’ or days of power never hesitated to sell mothers.
    Even now, the U.S. stance is that they are fully behind Musharraf.
    The worst thing is that there is no light at the end of tunnel, no silver lining around the darkening clouds. As someone very correctly asked in these blogs, if not Musharraf, who? Say what?!

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