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Satire website Khabaristan Times blocked in Pakistan

Updated January 30, 2017

Satirical publication Khabaristan Times on Monday announced its website has been blocked in Pakistan.

In a statement posted to its official Facebook page, KT said the website had been blocked since Jan 25.

Users are unable to access the website.
Users are unable to access the website.

"There hasn't been any official notification from any regulatory authority regarding the website being banned," KT said, adding that it cannot be accessed anywhere in Pakistan.

The website does, however, appear to be available to users outside Pakistan.

According to sources in the telecommunication regulatory authority, the website had been blocked after receiving complaints about 'objectionable content'.

A renowned satire and parody website, KT has amassed a loyal social media following ─ 12,156 likes on Facebook ─ with its tongue-in-cheek commentary on Pakistani politics and the military.

The move comes in the backdrop of disappearances of social media activists earlier this month.

Pakistan is routinely ranked among the world's most dangerous countries for journalists, and reporting critical of security policies is considered a major red flag, with reporters at times detained, beaten and even killed.