Pakistan Monitors Websites For ‘Blasphemy’ Against Islam

Free speech is precious. We don’t realize how much but maybe as Pakistan monitors websites for “blasphemy” we’ll begin to understand. Pakistan banned Facebook last month when someone wanted people to submit their drawings of the Prophet Muhammed. Now Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Bing and others will be monitored for what Pakistan deems “blasphemous.”

YouTube was also banned by Pakistan for sacrilegious material according to their definition of sacrilege. The monitoring of the websites in Pakistan began with the banning of 17 websites by court order. These sites contain, according to the LaHore High Court, blasphemous material. My Way News reports that one of the banned sites is a site called islamexposed.blogspot.com. The “blasphemy” in this case is headlines such as “Islam: The Ultimate Hypocrisy.”

Pakistan is not the only country that has monitored or banned websites. China has monitored websites searching for blasphemy against their god; the government. Other Islamic countries do and will most surely follow Pakistan’s lead in suppressing freedom of speech. Islamic extremists can’t afford for other thoughts and ideas to penetrate their world of indoctrination.

Here in the states, the Obama Administration is looking to “regulate” the internet. Regulation is just another term for monitor. If the Administration has their way, we could be on the slippery slope to outright suppression of our First Amendment rights if they are allowed to monitor sites that may be in opposition to Obama’s policies.

Pakistan monitoring websites for “blasphemy” is a scary thing. The internet is a place for the free exchange of thoughts and ideas. Sure there are wacko’s out there, but even they have the right to speak their peace.

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  1. #1 by poke on June 27, 2010 - 7:46 pm

    On the other hand paki foriegn minister is saying that their is freedom of expression in pakistan , hence they can’t stop hafiz sayeed from expressing his extremist views …….

    • #2 by asiandigitalcultures on June 28, 2010 - 9:53 am

      At the comment above:

      Hmm.. I wouldn’t call allowing hafiz sayeed posting links to the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group as freedom of expression. I will investigate further into why this is still happening. But ask yourself, why did they block websites, blogs and social networking sites that people have used to express their thoughts about Islam. If its because those comments insult our religion, then I believe terrorism is equally insulting Islam. 🙂

      Thank you for sharing your opinion

  2. #3 by Koszalin on June 5, 2011 - 7:57 am

    This is very interesting. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your great post.

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