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In 2012 YouTube has been banned in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan because of a controversial anti-Islamic video entitled “Innocence of Muslims’”. While the first two countries accepted to lift the ban provided the application of interstitials, Pakistan refused the offer and the video-platform continues to be banned.

After one year of censorship, the NGO Bytes for All decided to take legal action against the ban, questioning the reason why the ban is involving YouTube as a whole, since the executive order exclusively targets that specific video. The government itself has repeatedly declared that the ban will be removed as soon as the Supreme Court orders it, but many citizens are unsatisfied with these statements and they accuse the executive power of being inactive and disinterested in resolving the problem.

Activists have promoted a call to action by writing to the Prime Minister and lobbying both the IT committees in the National Assembly and the Senate in order for them to face the issue; but the situation is unlikely to change any time soon.


The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Thursday, 25 September 2014

(Source: The Express Tribune)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.