Thursday, May 20, 2010

Say No to Facebook Ban


On behalf of the "Defenders of Internet Freedom Protest Against Nationwide Government Ban of Facebook" we say no to facebook ban.

"On Wednesday 19th May 2010, the Lahore High Court ordered the banning of Facebook across Pakistan. Facebook is the world's most popular social media network and is used by over 400 million globally. In Pakistan, over 2 million people use Facebook to stay in touch with their friends and family, conduct business, manage events, and share photos, news, and other content. A few days ago, a page called "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" was created on Facebook asking users to submit drawings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on 20th May 2010. This page, interpreted as blasphemous, has triggered a nationwide ban on the entire Facebook domain.
 
While we recognize that sites on the Internet are used to spew hatred and incite violence, we steadfastly believe that governments have no right to control access to information. We believe that every citizen has an inalienable right to freely access information and by censoring Facebook, the Government of Pakistan has taken away that right. This action will have a very negative impact on Pakistan, especially considering that countless small businesses, nonprofit organizations, restaurants, art galleries, magazines, and media outlets use Facebook to conduct day-to-day business and share information with their stakeholders.
 
In 2006, the Supreme Court of Pakistan banned the entire http://www.blogspot.com/ domain for over 18 months over a similar incident where only one blog carried blasphemous cartoons. Thousands of Pakistani bloggers were deprived of the freedom to express themselves and interact with others. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority now has the ability to block specific pages on the Internet and could have banned just the single blasphemous page. As members of civil society and professionals who depend on social media networks for our daily communications, we demand the immediate restoration of Facebook and an end to Internet censorship by the Government of Pakistan.

10 comments:

rasheed said...

Shame of urself u idiot Imran Baloh ppl like u are the real black sheeps idiotttttttttttttttttttt

Anonymous said...

Shame, shame, shame... you think you are pakistan. If government have no right to control access to information, but government do have right to turn down things that violate constitution of Pakistan, 1973. Read the constitution of Pakistan before speaking on the matter. This was decided by court and court ruling doesn't consider opinions, analyses but articles of constitution only... Shame on you

waheed said...

Namoos-e-Risaalat (Blasphemy) is too serious an issue to be taken lightly. One of the speciality of a Muslim is that we believe the afterlife as a true life. This life is a test for the life after death. these worldly things or matters such as expression of ideas and beliefs, and loss to businesses is a very small thing. But you have polished it quite well. For your kind information, alot of people including me, have deactivated their profiles even before the decision to ban face book took place. So, here, if you express ideas, you should write, "My views are that i am against the ban on face book"...do not use the word we. As i see you alone. but luckily "we" all have boycotted face book and it was a wise decision by the Govt of Pakistan. I totally agree with the ban.
May Allah be with all of us. Amin

Anonymous said...

what u are actually saying is beyond the understanding of my mind..!!! i cannot believe a Muslim will ever say something like this.... i really second all the comments above. By the way whats ur dam excuse that its not letting u contact ur friends and family.. wel there are other and better ways to do this.. government has not blocked hotmail gmail yahoo msn skype mobile networks or any other means of communication... i would like u to think again of wht u said...

Anonymous said...

Greeting people,
In my opinion that's the best and most courageous decision that our government has taken. It's been happening for too long that we have been taking things for granted. Slowly the ENEMIES of Pakistan and the muslim ummah have been trying to crush our self esteem by physical and a cyber war.
I absolutely agree with the above bloggers especially the one above mine...that government has not totally stopped u from expressing urself...in fact u r doing that rite now. MSN YAHOO SKYPE ARE ALL in fact better at keeping in contact with others and sharing ur daily life happenings without wasting time. :)

Anonymous said...

How idiotic you can be, your post is showing. Who the hell do you think you are to comment over a right step ever taken onto media clergies of US idiot. Oh yeah thats the reason. you are a stupid dumb ass US follower. so make your doom right there and Pakistan is best without peoples like you.

Bijjar Baloch said...

I read the stupid comments by all pro facebook Ban freaks, The matter is not only a Ban on a Website, but its the technical illiteracy about technology, that the pakistani coart and the emotional people like the commented here.

Banning facebook becoz someone made a Page on it is similar to banning cars fearing accident.

Bijjar Baloch said...

Pakistan is the only country in the world where youtube is banned and porntube is open. its funny

Imran Baloch said...

Hahahha

Youtube is banned but PORNTUBE is working wow...it shows preferences.

Sick, insane, irrational, naive, stupid, backward, emotional, conservative, uncivilized ......people all around in the land of PURE.

Insanity takes over dialogue.

Are we living in Dark Ages !!!!

AICHA said...

Lol true.
I went to some universities on 19th may and everywhere they had these posters to boycott facebook and then it felt like instead of dealing tactfully or reporting it as some span , they themselves are promoting it.
Anyways,I fail to understand why people are so close minded.
By the way, isn't the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court the same person who is famous for his hate speeches. And the same people say we do not have enough evidences against Hafiz Saeed to declare him guilty.