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Pakistan: Blogspot Blogs blocked in Pakistan

Over the last two days, blogspot blogs (running on Blogger) seem to be blocked in Pakistan. More bloggers are confirming this as it appears to have been blocked by all ISPs in Pakistan. Shirazi has some ways to bypass the ISPs banning access to Blogspot. Pakistani Abysmal Ramblings writes

It is a Sad day in Pakistan as our esteemed leaders have decided to further infringe on our rights to freedom. It has come to my attention that all ISPs in Pakistan are blocking all blogger blogsites. Previously some sites deemed inapropraite were blocked, but this is utter nonsense, why do a blanket blocking of blogger, are you so scared of people power that you feel a blogsite can be so harmful to you and your power.

KO is hosting a discussion on one of the forums. Metroblogging Lahore has links to some proxy sites that allow access and states that one of the ISPs still allows access to Blogspot. It is unclear why Blogspot Blogs have been singled out or blocked. A large number of Pakistani bloggers blog on Blogspot blogs. It's a possibility that the recent Danish cartoons controversy may have contributed to this decision by the Pakistan Government. However, the Pakistani Government doesn't seem to have made any official announcement on this issue as there is no Mainstream Media report on this.

Meanwhile some of the ways you can access blogspot blogs if you are in Pakistan are to go to this site which allows direct access to blogger even if your ISP blocks it, or use an open proxy like this. Access to Blogger even if your ISP blocks it through this link (http://www.blogger.com.nyud.net:8090) works because of the Coral Content Distribution Network.

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  • All those interested in resisting this ban, please join the google group created for this purpose. The group is growing rapidly (31 members in it’s 30 hours of existence) and is coordinating efforts to protest the ban in a civilized, firm and unified voice.

    We’re organizing at:
    http://groups.google.com/group/AGABBIP

    Join us and lend us your voice.

  • […] Our IT-department has somethign common with the government of Pakistan… They both block access to blogs for some unknown reason […]

  • I am the owner of one of the 12 banned websites – Plus + Ultra, at plusultrablog.com . We have the inside scoop on how the ban came about. The actions of the Pakistani government are actually connected to the actions of a ring of Turkish cyberterrorists who have been attacking the same 12 websites for over a month now. Read all about it here:

    http://dragonkeypress.com/blog/?p=971

  • […] Blogspot Blogs blocked in Pakistan […]

  • To access any blogspot blog in Pakistan please use:

    http://www.pkblogs.com/blogname
    e.g. http://www.pkblogs.com/yasirmemon

    This is just a proxy server, that will proxy the page from blogspot server and display it to the user. This service is completely ad-free, popups-free…

    I hope the govt. doesn’t block this website!!!

    Well till then, have fun!!

    http://www.pkblogs.com

  • Saad

    yeah i always use a proxy or anonymouse.org to access blogspot blogs.. just got to know recently that blogspot was banned.. i wz banging my head to the wall when i couldnt view the blog that i had created..
    I think they are banned because some of the blogs contain those carriactures of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)..
    Naveed memon are u the same one who made that Pakistan Telelphone directory software ?

  • try blogspot.com.pk to host your free blog. Its accessible in Pakistan.I have hosted mine there . cheers :)

  • rk

    use proxy if u cant acess
    here you will find them

    http://www.hidemyip.net

  • Asslam o Alykum!

    Dear All! its really sad to know about blocking of blogs in pakistan by Pakistani ISP. And i feel this is no fair against our rights of freedom and right of discussion

    Peace;
    Sadzoum

  • […] IT-department has something common with the government of Pakistan… They both block access to blogs for some unknown reason So much for Indo-Pak […]

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