On May 13 2011, the Lahore High Court in Pakistan ruled that Facebook and other websites were in violation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and should be banned in the country. Curious to understand more about this ruling, Clea Caulcutt of Radio France International’s Web Watch programme speaks to Grady Johnson of APC’s Internet Rights are Human Rights campaign to get a better understanding of what is at stake. Listen to the interview
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Pakistan faces ban on social media
24 May 2011
The Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court has ruled in favour of a petition to ban several
social networking websites including Facebook Yahoo, MSN and Wikipedia. The ruling released on 13 May 13 found that Facebook and other websites were in violation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, and should be banned. Clea Caulcutt of RFI interviews APC’s Grady Johnson to find out more.
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The Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court has just ruled in favour of a petition to filter several social networking websites including Facebook, Yahoo, MSN and Wikipedia.