May 19, 2010
Pakistan Bans Facebook Over 'Everybody Draw Mohammed' DayTopics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam
The Facebook fan page "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" has been banned in Pakistan by the followers of the religion of peace and tolerance -
The Ministry of Technology and Telecom has issued the directive to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to ban the access to Facebook, and Imran Jafri at Maboot.com confirms that access to all of facebook is now blocked.
Apparently, they don't appreciate highly appropriate images like this:
From Al Jazeera:
A Pakistani court has issued a ban on the social networking site Facebook after a user-generated contest page encourged members to post caricatures of Prophet Mohammed.I'm surprised Barack Hussein Obama and his fellow ant-free speech Dems aren't trying to get the page banned here in the U.S.
The Lahore High Court on Wednesday instructed the Pakistani Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to ban the site after the Islamic Lawyers Movement complained that a page called "Draw Mohammed Day" is blasphemous.
Sajjad Chaudhry, the presiding judge, instructed officials with the ministry of telecommunications to submit a written reply to the ban by May 31 when courts will open a detailed hearing on the case. A ban is to be enforced in the meantime.
"We have already blocked the URL link and issued instruction to internet service providers," Khurram Mehran, a spokesperson for the PTA, said.
About 20 people carried banners outside of courthouse in Lahore, condemning Facebook and praising Prophet Mohammed.
[...] Pakistan has 45 million Facebook users, according to lawyers.
The Facebook page for "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" had just over 40,000 supporters while the opposing "Against Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" had more than 53,000.
H/t - Jawa Report
Posted by Abdul at May 19, 2010 11:12 AM
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