Once again, -Murphy- the govt. of Pakistan strikes.
I had written earlier on “how internet censorship works in Pakistan”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/2006/03/internet_censorship_the_pakistani_w_1.html, and it’s useful as a reference.
Keeping this eventuality in mind (this is the second time it’s happened now), all my websites are hosted outside Pakistan, so it’s only within Pakistan is there a problem accessing them.
There’s a “discussion at the Wiredpakistan.com forums”:http://wiredpakistan.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=3559 about the censorship.
Under the recently passed “Cyber Crime ordinance”:http://www.teeth.com.pk/blog/2007/09/18/understanding-the-e-crime-bill/, any website, computer, telephone, or just about anything else invented after the Stone Age can be seized without any warrant, and no questions can be asked.
For example, I’ve heard from PTA that this website is now blocked – one of their emails is quoted below – and legally speaking I can’t even ask them why and what for they took this step. Though, of course, I’ve shot them off an email asking them to explain.
Elections are coming, and as the day approaches, Govt. preparation is getting frantic.