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Ban on YouTube

THE government banned YouTube just for a useless and blasphemous video. There are millions of sermons, religious and educational material available on YouTube which cannot be accessed by the public.

Is there any common sense? I ask the authorities: how many other countries, besides Pakistan, have banned YouTube for posting blasphemous material?


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Mar 27, 2013 07:55am
Those would be the following countries Afghanistan Indonesia United Arab Emirates
Mar 27, 2013 12:07pm
Well, its Certainly not blocked in United Arab Emirates as i work in Abu Dhabi. and ban in indonesia was back in 2008 only. and Afghanistan, the less spoken, the better!!
santaji khamkar
Mar 27, 2013 12:09pm
All THREE Muslim countries ha ha ha ha ha
Mar 27, 2013 04:00pm
We dont want to listen to sermons and religious material on youtube. Enough of that. But youtube should be unblocked now. Is anyone listening?
Mar 27, 2013 05:30pm
The ban is to satisfy the demands of people who have no time for education or the positive benefits of youtube. Those are the people our government is afraid of.
Cyrus Howell
Mar 27, 2013 05:43pm
"There are millions of sermons, religious and educational material available on YouTube which cannot be accessed by the public." The internet is now the cutting edge of education for those who cannot afford to attend university full time. If millions do not want to live with the rest of the world that is their problem, not our problem. The internet means education and the English language is the key to the door of the world community.
Cyrus Howell
Mar 27, 2013 05:45pm
So far as I know You Tube is not banned in Indonesia.
chaudhry umair
Mar 27, 2013 07:28pm
it is true that those material adds fire to fuel, but many of useful data cannot be seen as no other muslim state have banned it,its pakistan who only implicates unusual remedies rather than firm steps
Mar 27, 2013 10:45pm
What about freedom for people to pick what they want to watch?
Akil Akhtar
Mar 27, 2013 10:50pm
I would support a ban for any hate mongering media whether it si against ISlam or others. Ask teh Americans to show ALjazeera to their public also before pointing fingers at others. Their public is the most brainwashed being fed one side fo teh story all the time.
Mar 28, 2013 02:47am
As a Muslim It is nice decision but Government must check about blasphemous tendency to eradicate such contents from YOUTUBE. Till the contents not removed, Ban is right.