This is the kind of free speech restriction that the Organization of the Islamic Conference wants Western countries to adopt. “‘Google, Yahoo, YouTube offend Muslims,'” from AFP, June 24 (thanks to Twostellas):
Lahore – A Pakistani court has ordered the authorities to block access to nine websites including Google, Yahoo and YouTube for allegedly offending Muslims with blasphemous material.
Judge Mazhar Iqbal ordered Pakistan’s Telecommunications Authority to block the websites due to “material against the fundamental principles of Islam and its preaching,” according to a copy of the judgement obtained by AFP.
Pakistan shut off Facebook for nearly two weeks last month in a storm of controversy about a competition to draw the Prophet Mohammad and has restricted access to hundreds of online links because of blasphemy….
Retired civil servant Siddique Mohammad had petitioned the court through Rehman for the ban on nine websites – Google, Yahoo, Amazon, MSN, Hotmail, YouTube, Islam Exposed, In The Name of Allah and Bing.
A spokesman for the Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan warned that the order could strangle Internet access for millions….