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Pakistan: Upgraded censorship

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

In February, 2012, Pakistan’s information technology minister invited bids for deployment of a national internet filtering system. China’s “Great Firewall” was the inspiration. Pakistani authorities’ intent to limit free information access online was confirmed in September, 2012, when Pakistani internet users were denied access to the entire YouTube platform, an official response to posting of the film, “The Innocence of Muslims,” which was deemed blasphemous. Currently, 20,000 to 40,000 sites are blocked in Pakistan. This massive censorship is the work of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, the main web regulation agency, itself closely controlled by the government and the military.

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