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Pakistan blocks Wikipedia for 'blasphemous content'

"The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority notified us on February 1 that "Wikipedia services have been impaired for 48 hours"
2023-02-04
Pakistan blocks Wikipedia for 'blasphemous content'

A statement from the Wikimedia Foundation claims that "The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority notified us on February 1 that "Wikipedia services have been impaired for 48 hours" due to Wikipedia's refusal to remove content deemed to be "illegal". Our research reveals that as of 3 February, this has grown into a complete block ".

 

A restriction of the platform in Pakistan, according to the article, would prevent Pakistan, the world's fifth most populous country, from having access to the "biggest free information library" and would "prevent everyone from having access to Pakistan's history and culture."

 

Them hoped that Pakistan's government would join it in upholding access to Wikipedia as a fundamental human right, and that it would do so quickly "so that the people of Pakistan can continue to receive and exchange knowledge with the world."

 

The statement continued, "We think that access to knowledge is a human right.

 

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The PTA downgraded Wikipedia earlier this week and ordered the reported information to be blocked or removed for 48 hours. The authority also issued a warning that failure to comply will result in the platform being barred inside of Pakistan.

 

In addition, the authority threatened that failure to comply would result in the platform being barred inside Pakistan.

 

"By issuing a notification pursuant to applicable law and court order, Wikipedia was asked to prohibit or remove the requested contents (s). Additionally, the platform was given a chance to be heard, but failed to do so by removing the offensive material or show up in front of the authority "According to the PTA's earlier statement.

 

"Wikipedia's services will only be resumed when any reported illegal content has been blocked or removed. In accordance with regional laws, PTA is dedicated to providing all Pakistani people with a secure internet experience "It continued.

 

After failing to remove the "sacrilegious information," the website was disabled.