September 6th, 2019:
PTA is at it again! More than 900,000 websites have now been blocked by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority for hosting anti-state, anti-judiciary, and blasphemous, and pornographic content.
Here’s what the official figures say:
- over 11,000 web pages contained anti-state contents
- more than 50,000 websites hosted anti-judiciary
- about 50,000 web-pages were found peddling blasphemous content
- the number of pornographic sites blocked is well over 830,000
June 5, 2018: Over the past year, 46,200 websites were under scrutiny after which 6,149 sites have been banned by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
The recommendation to block these websites were given by the Inter-faith Harmony’s Web Evaluation Cell (WEC) and Ministry of Religious Affairs.
The recommendation to block these websites were given by the Inter-faith Harmony’s Web Evaluation Cell (WEC) and Ministry of Religious Affair.
After evaluating a total of 46,200 websites, 15,481 domains were sent to the PTA for further evaluation out of which, PTA blocked 6149 websites.
An awareness program had been launched previously by the PTA and Higher Education Commission (HEC) to filter inappropriate content at all the educational institutions. According to Attorney General (AAG) Nayyar Rizvi, a total of 9,846 proxies have been installed at educational institutes already.
A few months back, PTA had submitted a report in the Supreme Court which stated that a total of 0.4 million websites containing obscene content have been blocked in Pakistan.
The report further added that blocking content online in real time is impossible to vet. However the use of proxies can cut down such content by a considerable margin.
The Web Evaluation Cell (WEC) has been established for the purpose of monitoring and reporting any content that promotes objectionable material or sectarianism.
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