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Plea against YouTube ban: Court summons IT minister, secretary

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday directed the information technology minister and the secretary to appear on Aug 2 for the court’s assistance in a petition challenging ban on the access to YouTube, a video-sharing website. Earlier, representatives of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the IT ministry told the court that blocking all […]

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Still not accessible: YouTube ban

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FOR users of YouTube, the popular video-sharing website that has been blocked in Pakistan since September 2012, there is little on the horizon indicating that a lifting of the ban is imminent. Efforts are being made to challenge the blackout in the judiciary, with petitions being heard in the Lahore and Peshawar high courts. The […]

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To the Minister of State IT and Telecommunications, Anusha Rehman

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By: Ali Moeen Nawazish A congratulations is in order for you and your party, and apologies that I had not been able to convey it earlier. It has been a historic win for PML(N). I would also like to congratulate you on receiving the portfolio for IT and Telecommunications in Pakistan. It is indeed a […]

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YouTube ban

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A renewed debate on the YouTube ban has been heating up as the Nawaz Sharif government settles in, with hopes raised that the new administration would work to restore the video-sharing website as a matter of priority. Nine months have passed since authorities in Pakistanslapped a ban on YouTube for hosting a blasphemous video. While the […]

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Anusha says YouTube to be opened, but after proper filters

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By: Waseem Abbasi ISLAMABAD: After a nine-month ban on YouTube, Pakistanis may finally be able to watch and share useful videos on the world’s most popular video website soon. The new government has declared it as one of its top priorities to restore YouTube with proper filtration of blasphemous and pornographic content and through assertive […]

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Video killed the radio star

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IF we in Pakistan have reason to regret the passing of the glory days of radio, we’re hardly the only ones. Back in the late ’70s, Woolley and the Camera Club recorded the song ‘Video killed the radio star’, lamenting the end of the golden days of the radio and celebrating singers whose stardom was […]

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Eight months and counting: Can PTA filter unwanted YouTube content, asks PHC

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) directed a petitioner to collect information on whether the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) could filter blasphemous material being uploaded to YouTube. A PHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth gave the orders while hearing an application filed by Mian Muhibullah Kakakhel. The […]

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Hearing in case against YouTube ban adjourned by LHC

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday, on request of the Ministry of Information Technology, adjourned till June 06 the hearing of a petition challenging the ban on YouTube, a video sharing website. The court was informed by the law officer of the ministry that the administration of the Google, of which YouTube is […]

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YouTube ban challenged in PHC

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PESHAWAR: A local lawyer has challenged in Peshawar High Court the ban placed on social media website YouTube, pleading that the site should be unblocked. The petitioner, advocate Mian Mohibullah Kakakhel, on Tuesday requested the PHC to direct the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and ministry of interior to open the website (www.YouTube.com) for the benefit of […]

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YouTube RIP

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Sir: Lest we forget, we have not had access to YouTube for many, many months. The popular video sharing site was made a scapegoat sometime back and was shut down to the public, denying them access. We have no access to entertainment videos, educational videos and informative documentaries. I really hope the new government does […]

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YouTube to remain blocked: PTA

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ISLAMABAD: Months after the initial ban on popular video sharing site, YouTube, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) on Wednesday announced that the government still has no intention of unblocking it. The PTA apprised the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology on Wednesday regarding the status of YouTube, which was banned after the launch of […]

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Government doing nothing to resolve YouTube issue

By: Jamal Shahid PM Raja Pervez Ashraf has order shutdown of Youtube services in Pakistan. ISLAMABAD: Since blocking the YouTube five months ago in the wake of protests across the country over a blasphemous movie, the government has done practically nothing to either get the objectionable content removed from the website or open access to […]

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No chance of localised version of YouTube anytime soon

By: Farooq Baloch KARACHI: In all likelihood, YouTube will remain inaccessible in Pakistan for the foreseeable future. Islamabad’s negotiations with Google – the internet giant that owns YouTube – may prove fruitless unless Pakistan ensures legal support to the regulation of digital content, The Express Tribune has learned. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been […]

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The saga of YouTube ban

The saga of YouTube outage in Pakistan is a classic case of starting over without a closure. Hence, the YouTube opening last Friday brought only ephemeral joys to those eagerly waiting after the Prime Minster himself reportedly annulled the move. Since Google didn’t oblige to PTA’s request to block the contents of the sacrilegious anti-Islam […]

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