Lift Pakistan’s Obstructive Ban on Youtube

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Target: President Mamnoon Hussain

Goal: Lift the ban on Youtube in Pakistan

For almost two years, Youtube has been banned in Pakistan. The ban was imposed after an anti-Islam video caused riots all over the Muslim world. It was temporarily lifted in December, 2012 for three minutes, but immediately went back up when Pakistani authorities found inappropriate material on the site. This ban violates the citizens’ freedom of speech and expression and should be immediately removed.

The video sparked protests and riots on September 17, 2012 following its appearance on Youtube. The video was made in the United States where it also ridiculed Prophet Muhammad. The Pakistani government responded by demanding that all telecommunications companies block anything on the Internet that would be considered offensive to Muslim people. It has been two years and activists are still fighting for their rights for Youtube, some through public protests and others through music videos.

Those fighting against the ban agree that the Pakistani government is overreacting and is no doubt acting corruptly. Pakistanis acknowledge both the educational and entertainment aspects of Youtube and desperately wish for it to return. This two year ban obstructs the human rights to freedom of speech and expression, and should be immediately lifted. Help return Youtube to Pakistan.


Dear President Mamnoon Hussain,

For two years your country has been without Youtube, a ban imposed on your people because of riots related to an anti-Islam video. While I understand that this violence is shocking and cruel, it does not mean you can stomp on the rights of free speech and expression. The people shouldn’t be punished, it should have been the people who acted in these riots.

Therefore, I demand that your government lift the ban on Youtube. Inappropriate and hateful things will always exist on the internet, but luckily good things come from it as well. Pakistanis miss Youtube and desperately want it back.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Rego Korosi via flickr

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