Bans and blocks
Sir: According to reports, the Pakistan government has started using Netsweeper filters to block websites that are politically, religiously and socially controversial. Netsweeper is a Canada-based system of internet filters and is now, reportedly, being actively used at the national level in Pakistan. This is the next step in the war against internet freedom. It is the next step in curbing freedom of expression and limiting individual liberties. The country is becoming increasingly oppressive and I am afraid there will come a time when we will not be allowed to access the internet at all. The situation, ladies and gentlemen, has become hopeless.