Pakistan

Country Profile: Pakistan
Background Under General Pervez Musharraf’s leadership (1999 – 2008), print and electronic media were often censored in cases where content was deemed to be antigovernment or anti-Islam. Government repression of media was particularly acute with regard to Baluchi and Sindhi political autonomy, as...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: April 20, 2012
Google co-founder Sergey Brin criticized China, Iran, entertainment companies, and Facebook for obstructing the openness of the Internet. He specifically targeted oppressive policy measures to censor content and the fact that Facebook's platform remains closed to Google's search crawls. Contemporary artist and...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: March 23, 2012
Pakistan halts its plans to implement a firewall against a list of objectionable URLs. The Ministry of Information Technology reversed its decision after the National Assembly withdrew due to stakeholder concerns. PayPal eased up on its policy on companies using their...
ONI Blog: Pakistan Halts Plans to Install Censoring System
The Pakistani government announced that it would stop plans to install a URL blocking system on the country's Internet network. National Assembly member Bushra Gohar told the press that the Ministry of Information Technology had withdrawn its decision about the...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: March 2, 2012
Chinese users circumvent the Great Firewall to flood President Obama's Google+ campaign page with comment. Messages left included tongue-in-cheek references to the Occupy Wall Street movement, requests for green cards, and criticism of China's heavy-handed censorship practices. The Committee to Protect Journalists...
ONI Blog: Pakistan Plans to Step Up Censorship Before Elections
Pakistan has recently come out with a National URL Filtering and Blocking System that would allow it to block 50 million websites, according to PCWorld. Pakistan's National ICT R&D Fund, a division of the Ministry of Information Technology, ran ads...
ONI Blog: CPJ Urges End To Internet Censorship in 2011 Report
The Committee to Protect Journalists recently released its 2011 "Attacks on the Press" report. In the report, the CPJ urged countries and organizations to band together to fight censorship. One of the articles in the report noted that with...
ONI Blog: Pakistan's Mobile Carriers Delay Ban of 1,700 Words in SMS Messages
After the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority announced a list of nearly 1,695 words to be banned in SMS messages sent via Pakistani cellular networks, Pakistani mobile operators today said they would defer implementing the list until they receive further clarification from...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: September 2, 2011
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative provides a weekly news roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for our newsreel, our entire blog,...
ONI Blog: New Internet Filtering in Pakistan
A new incident of Internet filtering has just been reported from Karachi. According to user reports, Mobilink, one of the leading telecommunications companies in Pakistan, is now requiring that all users add proxy 10.215.2.32 port 3128 in order to browse the Internet....