Thursday, July 20, 2006

This blog is blogged in Pakistan

During a recent trip to Pakistan I learnt that it wasn't possible to read this blog.
  • Does anybody know more about this?
  • Is this done with many other blogs?
  • On what basis is it done?
  • What agencies can do it so effectively?

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At July 20, 2006 at 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about Pakistan, but I know that friends in China can never read my blog. I think it is relatively easy for governments to block access through all ISPs to certain urls, e.g., blogger, typepad, etc.

At July 20, 2006 at 9:58 AM, Blogger brommel said...

Thanks Torn.
Sounds like the usual suspects.

Can anybody try to access our blogs from North Korea?

At July 21, 2006 at 8:44 AM, Blogger brommel said...

a friend just sent me the following info:

with the following content:
For the latest update on the Blogspot issue please check out our active blog at

LAUNCHED BY THE ALVI-E TEAM (Awab Alvi & Omer Alvie) on March 3rd 2006, this is an online campaign to support free speech of Pakistani bloggers and internet free speech in general. Support our cause by copying the banner code (below) to your web site.

Since 28th February (2006), Pakistani Bloggers’ Freedom of Speech has been under attack by some, if not all, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who has chosen to block all blogs hosted on the domain. Political pressure groups have protested to the government to block those web sites displaying the controversial cartoon images of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) that were hosted on the net. But instead of blocking specific sites, ISPs have simply blacklisted the entire domain, causing thousands of blogs to be inaccessible for viewing in Pakistan.

It is our point of view, that any censorship of blogs is unacceptable, be it a few offensive sites inciting a hateful stereotype, or hundreds of blogs protesting controversial caricatures or even the thousands of sites that remain indifferent to the issue.

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