According to the Pakistani government, Wikipedia contains many objectionable materials. By making such accusations, the Government of Pakistan has blocked “Wikipedia”. According to reports from the country’s media, the Telecommunications Authority has decided to block ‘Wikipedia’ services for 48 hours.
Pakistan has blocked the Wikipedia website. The website has been blocked after Wikipedia refused to remove offensive or blasphemous content. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority warned Wikipedia that it would be blocked if blasphemous material was not removed from the website. According to the Pakistani government, Wikipedia contains many objectionable materials. By making such accusations, the Government of Pakistan has blocked “Wikipedia”. According to reports from the country’s media, the Telecommunications Authority has decided to block ‘Wikipedia’ services for 48 hours.
This all started with the warning from the PTA. PTA spokesman Malahat Obaid said the ban was imposed mainly for non-compliance with orders. “If Wikipedia removes material that regulatory authorities have identified as religiously sensitive, this decision may be reconsidered,” the spokesperson said. The PTA spokesperson had previously said that a notice was sent to Wikipedia directing it to block/remove such content. He was also given a chance to appear. However, the forum did not comply with the order to remove the blasphemous material nor did it appear before the authority.
People will be deprived of knowing the history and culture of Pakistan.
The Wikimedia Foundation states that it does not make decisions about what content to include on Wikipedia or how that content is placed. He claims this is by design, where multiple people work on the content of the article and make sure the content is what the site should be, resulting in better and fairer content. Wikimedia said that blocking Wikipedia in Pakistan would block access to free knowledge for people in the world’s fifth most populous country. This will deprive people of knowing the history and culture of Pakistan.
History of internet censorship in Pakistan
Blasphemy is a very sensitive issue in Pakistan. Social media giants Facebook and YouTube were previously blocked in Pakistan for blasphemous content. In December 2020, the PTA issued notices to Wikipedia and Google Inc for “religiously sensitive” content, and the country had “blocked” YouTube from 2012 to 2016. Pakistan has blocked video-sharing app TikTok multiple times in recent years for not prevent you from posting “obscene” and “objectionable” content. Blasphemy is a sensitive issue in Pakistan’s Muslim majority.