Thursday, May 20, 2010

Restrictions in Action

Negative mass mood and restrictions go hand in hand. Pakistan today. Don't be shocked when it is the U.S. in some not-to-distant tomorrow. In our case it will probably be to "combat terrorism" or some such other tag to put the emotions the restrictions will seek to satisfy.

Pakistan Blocks YouTube, 450 Web Links in Crackdown
By Ketaki Gokhale and Farhan Sharif
May 20 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistan, home to the world’s second- largest Muslim population, blocked Google Inc.’s YouTube service and more than 450 web links as the government widened a crackdown on Internet material deemed as blasphemous.

The sites and links were blocked because of the increasing level of sacrilegious and derogatory material, the Islamabad- based Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said in a statement today. The regulator, which shut access to Facebook Inc.’s website yesterday, may block other links with blasphemous content, said Khurram Mehran, a spokesman at the regulator.

Pakistan began its censorship campaign after a Facebook user set up a page inviting others to draw caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, an act considered blasphemous by Muslims...

1 comment:

Jim Bauer said...

I would sincerely hope that in the US this could never happen. That would be a clear violation of the right to free speech to be sure. If it were to even come up as a question, we ought yell very loudly against it as a nation.