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Unblock YouTube

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It is rare for our National Assembly to agree unanimously to anything and for them to vote unanimouly for a resolution that proposes the lifting of the ban on YouTube is little short of astonishing. The resolution was moved by PPP lawmaker Shazia Marri who has long campaigned for its removal. Her argument was a […]

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NA unanimously approves resolution for lifting YouTube ban

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution to lift the ban on video-sharing website YouTube, DawnNews reported. During today’s National Assembly session, chaired by Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA Shazia Marri belonging to the Pakistan People Party (PPP) submitted a resolution demanding the lifting of the ban on YouTube which was […]

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Senate committee asks govt to unblock YouTube

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights on Monday recommened that the government unblock the YouTube in Pakistan. A resolution, which was passed unanimously, said the ban be overturned as no such provision was in place in any other Muslim country. Committee chairman Afrasiab Khattak of the Awami National Party, while reading the resolution, […]

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Why is YouTube still in chains?

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The internet has given people a new level of freedom and a higher degree of access to information. YouTube is not just a video sharing website, it is a platform There are two sides to every picture: the sentence is simple, declarative and apparently does not seem to have hidden meanings. The problem is that […]

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No way to block internet content, NA told

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ISLAMABAD: The government has admitted that there is no technical way to block all objectionable content on the internet. In a written reply to a lawmaker’s query, the National Assembly was informed on Monday that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had carried out a search for objectionable material on the internet and blocked 31,819 such […]

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Bring back YouTube

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There are at least 35 million individual internet subscribers in Pakistan, the majority of who stay online through mobile devices such as phones or tablets. It’s a crucial tool for even more given how it is used as a business and learning resource nationally while also essential for banking and online trading of commodities. However, […]

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Lifting the YouTube ban

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The decision by a US appeals court on Wednesday ordering Google to remove the controversial film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ from the video-sharing website YouTube is welcome news for people in Pakistan. The film triggered mass outrage and violent protests around the country, far in excess of its aesthetic value or content. The Pakistani government now […]

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Remove anti-Islam film from YouTube, US appeals court orders Google

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WASHINGTON: A US appeals court on Wednesday ordered Google to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islam film that had sparked protests across the Muslim world. By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected Google’s assertion that the removal of the film “Innocence of Muslims,” […]

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PTA chief pleads for YouTube ban lifting

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ISLAMABAD: The head of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Monday strongly defended before a Senate panel for lifting ban on YouTube before the parliamentary committee decided to move a resolution in the House as well as recommend the government for unblocking the popular content sharing site. Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights, which met at the […]

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Senate body on human rights for unblocking ‘YouTube’

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Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights on Friday recommended unblocking of ‘YouTube’, a social website blocked since a blasphemous movie “Innocence of Muslims” was uploaded on the website. The committee was of the view that political decision should be taken to unblock the YouTube. Blasphemous material is still present on the social website, proving that […]

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End to the YouTube ban in sight?

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The YouTube ban in Pakistan has just entered its sixteenth month–with its duration equally divided between the previous government which slapped it and the current government which was supposed to undo it. That this saga has gone on for so long is not surprising to Pakistanis who are quite used to a status quo where […]

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YouTube tailored to fit

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Information Minister Pervez Rasheed’s statement, sometime back that the government in principle has decided to unblock YouTube does not really give the impression that the revered minister really means what he is promising. Google has itself proclaimed that many countries have a localized version of ‘YouTube’ that allows them to tailor content to local standards. […]

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Bring back YouTube

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There have been innumerable articles and letters published in the past one year regarding the YouTube ban. Federal Minister for IT Pervez Rasheed apparently recently said that the government in principle has decided to unblock YouTube – to no effect though. According to the Google transparency report about 56 countries have localised versions of YouTube […]

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Government to announce positive news about YouTube anytime soon: Secretary

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Islamabad: Secretary Information and Broadcasting Dr Nazir Saeed on Wednesday hinted at “good news” of lifting the ban on the popular video-sharing website Youtube in coming few days. Speaking at a conference on “Alternative Media in Pakistan: Opportunities and Challenges”, organised by Heinrich Boell Stiftung (HBS) and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) with the support […]

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