Blocking Information

This is hilarious. It seems PTV, Pakistan’s state-run television channel muted the Indian national anthem whenever it was played at the victory ceremonies at the Commonwealth Games 2006. I am not sure if that is true but if it is, I can only pity the poor Pakistanis who kept away from the ‘evil’ of Indian athletes winning the gold or from hearing our national anthem. Wait, there is more. They blanked out the entire section of the Ceremony when India presented their welcome performance for the next Commonwealth Games (2010) in Delhi. How paranoid can you get especially in this age of ubiquitous information via the Internet.

Word has come through that after blocking last month, the Pakistani authorities had blocked Wikipedia, the online treasure-house of information for a while. But it seems that  they have lifted the block for now. What was that? A test run? I am not sure where Pakistan is headed but I am sure it isn’t the right direction. Will it be Dubya’s next target to ‘spread democracy’? Nah! they are good friends as of now; we have to wait for the knife in the back.

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  • m

    i thought neurotics existed only in the western world…………

  • Patrix

    M, every region has one and if they are really unlucky, two.

  • confused

    This is ridiculous!

    Are you sure about the blogger bit? I think Amit Verma mentioned on his blog that Pakistanis had never blocked Blogger.

  • Patrix

    Confused, I had confirmed reports from Pakistani bloggers that it is/was true.

  • Hiren

    Some things can never change.

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  • Nitin

    They do block websites. Not only did they block blogger but at least one blog that was not hosted on blogger.

    I should know.

  • Patrix

    Nitin, they sure do. I remember you mentioning about it few months back. I would consider that as a compliment to your honest opinions.