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Pakistan Bans YouTube, And Britons Should Be Jealous

by | 24th, February 2008

countdown.jpg YOU can’t watch YouTube in Pakistan.

You can’t watch Anorak TV, on-demand clips of Are You Being Served? or Barack Obama channeling Bob the Builder .

Pakistan has blocked access to YouTube because of content deemed offensive to Islam, like Danish cartoons, Benazir Bhutto speeches and, as reported, a soon-to-be-released film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, which portrays Islam in a negative light.

“They asked us to ban it immediately… and the order says the ban will continue until further notice,” says Wahaj-us-Siraj, convener of the Association of Pakistan Internet Service Providers.

“Users are quite upset. They’re screaming at ISPs which can’t do anything. The government has valid reason for that, but they have to find a better way of doing it. If we continue blocking popular websites, people will stop using the internet.”

“Quite upset” and “screaming”. What happens when they get upset, angry even?

Touchy Thais & Turks  

Pakistan is not alone. Thailand and Turkey have temporarily blocked access to YouTube.

Thailand became upset with clips deemed insulting to Thai

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