Blogspot Censorship

As of yesterday it seems all blogs on Google’s free service Blogger being hosted on the Blogspot URL have been blocked for all Internet surfers from Pakistan. Could this be just a simple glitch of the Internet Exit Control List or could this be censorship, secretly imposed onto us all by our very own bureaucracy.

I am using Cyber.Net as my ISP and would like to figure out which other ISP have this glitch

27 Comments so far

  1. Fakhr (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

    Oh god, all I thought my network people at office had blocked all blogspot urls!! Now I got it, it’s the work of Pakistan’s government!! How stupid of them, what wrong blogs was causing them……I hope they will soon rectify this!!! I’m using AMZ Access


  2. Illusionfs (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

    couldnt access it through Cyber.Net & Wol.Net.

    This is crazy, we should protest if it is the work of Government.


  3. Tee (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 1:05 pm

    Oh no its NOT specific to any ISP. I am using a broadband connection and i know ALOT of other ppl using various tyoes of connections and no one is able to access the blogspot urls. I wonder whats the story behind it??? Whatever it is, it sure is driving ppl crazy :@


  4. huma (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

    This link might help explaining why:

    Dot PK Blog


  5. nausheen (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

    you can still access blogspot.com urls by going to vtunnel.com and opening up the sites from there..


  6. Tee (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

    heyyyyy…….thanx ALOT nausheen! :-)
    i was able to open blogs thru vtunnel BUT the commenting seems to be disabled?
    WHAT da heck do they want by blocking blogspot?? as some one else said, next they’ll be blocking e-mail. seriously, someone needs to stuff in some sense in our govt! :@


  7. Tee (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

    u can access blogs thru anonymouse.org too. its really kewl and it shows the comments as well. i got it frm the dot pk blog!
    (ignore the ads thaat come along with it)


  8. Ramla A. (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 4:26 pm

    Perhaps just a maintenance glitch that these Google services often have. Orkut was momentarily down yesterday. It is back up again.


  9. Ejaz Asi (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

    You may like to read the possible remedies here.


  10. Omar Qureshi (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 8:22 pm

    While there are various methods to bypass this, one quick method is to use the Google Translate service:

    You just need to type the following

    http://www.google.com/translate?langpair=en|en&u=www.forbiddensite.com
    (www.forbiddensite.com stands for the URL you need to go to…)


  11. Inspirex (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

    apprently, it was a maintenence glitch…..
    i have reports from india on outages too..

    i had issues only 1 day..been workin fine since then…..


  12. Tee (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 11:32 pm

    Imtiaz its STILL not working with me.
    and thanx Omer, the link u gave works perfectly well and we can even comment with this one!


  13. JonyBr (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 6:01 am

    *maddddddddddddddd*

    Its like not being able to enter ur own home :( ur blog :(


  14. Illusionfs (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 9:11 am

    Inspirex is right about that, *.blogspot.com is up and running. It was a maintenence glitch indeed.


  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

    its all over in todays paper that Supreme court has order telecom company to ban all those sites who are displaying cartoons,so Doctor saab,get ready to get banned by them as they would hit .pk domains as well:>

    i also have friends in India and US etc and they said its working for them,maybe your friend would be using some bad ISP?:>


  16. Imtiaz (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

    I ran another check today, 2 out of 12 blogspot addresses entered were not working. I guess the are slowly coming back online.

    Omer: can we bypass proxy servers through the google translate site url?


  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

    there was NO maintainance issue anyway,if there was then how could we see it via online proixies?We should admit the fact that its officially banned.


  18. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

    Google uRL is not a typical Proxy server it just fetches the data from other side from the otherside and display it on its own,they might be using xmlhttp request object for this task,since its just like anyother URL,it would work with your local proxy servers,unless your admin bans the translation site itself or govt bans it:)


  19. Inspirex (unregistered) on March 4th, 2006 @ 12:03 am

    Adnan, as much as id like to believe that it was banned, i cant accept the fact simply because i have reports from out of the country that they had problems accessing blogspot too.


  20. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on March 5th, 2006 @ 1:46 am

    I think it’s true. Govt has taken another step towards insanity. It’s their illogical logic. Tomorrow they are going to ban the Internet too.


  21. arooj (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 7:25 pm

    its soo stupid. why in the world would anybdy do nethng THIS insane? i mean, build roads for pete’s sake. utilize free time


  22. wasiq (unregistered) on March 10th, 2006 @ 1:22 am

    MAMOO! yeah kya chakkar hai ? why nobody at Metro is using the GO4B…….


  23. MB (unregistered) on March 11th, 2006 @ 12:16 am

    Hey WASIQ, I am planning to get GO4B services in a month or so. Tell me about its quality and consistency.

    As for blocking access, dont worry friends we will always have a tip on our disposal to get you to the cyber world.


  24. fida hussain (unregistered) on March 15th, 2006 @ 9:32 pm

    Is there any body within Govt to check these activities.


  25. nawaZ (unregistered) on March 15th, 2006 @ 11:30 pm

    apparently blogspot is currently blocked. many lsp users arent able to access blogs. recently i encountered the same issue but found that i was able to access it on our wol dsl.


  26. wasiq (unregistered) on March 18th, 2006 @ 1:11 am

    SAADI KA LADDOO JIS NEY KHAYA WOH PASTAYA JIS NEY NAHEIN KHAYA WOH BHI PASTAYA…….

    Dearest MB,
    i can wait for a month and read how you found it to B….in your blog post…just let the cable guy know that you are an author of KMB and iam sure he’ll make your life very easy..
    About consistency…i think its a british firm with local partnerships and i find that most british utility firms have uniform standards and the corporate anthem…which is….

    “SUZANNA SUZANNA IAM CRAZY LOVING YOU.”

    MB.is that your door bell ringing must be MAMOO(THE CABLE GUY)..?

    love

    Not Big Daddy.


  27. wasiq (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 2:25 am

    MAMOO! thankyou boley toh…rehney dey naa…apney new electric organ mein guitar bhi toh hai….

    if you really wanna do something good why don’t you make them remove just one thread from any of my comments in the past ninety days …and make me feel human again………………………………………………………………………………..



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