Nobody much cares about freedom of speech in Pakistan, says this article, and the country is also hoping to eradicate it elsewhere as well. “Pakistan blocks blogs on cartoons,” from the BBC, with thanks to all who sent this in:
Pakistan telecom authorities have blocked several websites inviting people to draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, it has emerged.
Instructions were issued to internet service providers across Pakistan on 27 February to block about a dozen websites of various origins.
The ban comes amid protests in several Muslim countries against the cartoons, first published in Denmark last year….
Bloggers in Pakistan became first became aware of the ban on 28 February when they were unable to access a popular blog hosting site, Blogspot.
One of the blocked sites is hosted on Blogspot, which led to the blocking of all web journals hosted on the site.
The Pakistan bloggers found their blogs blocked, even though their blogs are not connected with the cartoons.
They say they have still been able to edit and update their blogs, but not able to read them….
The BBC’s Aamer Ahmed Khan in Karachi says the blocking is unlikely to turn into a major freedom of expression issue in Pakistan as there seems to be a consensus against allowing such freedom to extend to irreverent treatment of religious figures….
Pakistan, meanwhile, is seeking an internationally applicable law against blasphemy.