Facebook Ban: The Take of PTA

Below is the text of email that the Spokesperson of PTA sent me on my query about the ban on Facebook along side many other websites in Pakistan in the wake of a Lahore High Court Order on Draw Mohammad Day Page of Facebook:

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

Director (Public Relations), Headquarters, F-5/1, Islamabad

Ph. 051 2878152, Fax.051 9219921

May 20, 2010

YOUTUBE SHUT DOWN IN PAKISTAN

PTA has directed all concerned operators to shut down websitewww.youtube.com in view of growing sacrilegious contents on it. It may be mentioned that PTA after all possible avenues were used within its jurisdiction, including using regular channels available on the FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE to launch protest, to avoid appearances of derogatory material available on their websites – which increased in numbers as time passed by, that PTA decided to completely shut down these sites from being viewed within Pakistan. PTA has so far blocked more than 450 links on internet containing derogatory material.

It was not only in line with the Constitution of Pakistan, the wishes of the people of Pakistan but also an extension of the court orders passed by the honorable High Court of Pakistan and directions of the Government of Pakistan. PTA has already announced a phone number and a complaint number to receive complaints on the issue.

The attitude of administrators at FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE was in contravention to the WSIS Resolutions and their own policies advertised on the web for general public. PTA would welcome the concerned authorities of FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE to contact the PTA for resolving the issue at the earliest which ensures religious harmony and respect.

(Khurram A. Mehran)

Director (PR)