The YouTube service has been disrupted in parts of Pakistan on Tuesday evening ahead of Speech by PTI Chairman Imran Khan party power show in Peshawar, according to NetBlocks, an organization that monitors internet outages.
NetBlocks noted that the failure occurred despite Islamabad’s High Court overturning the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s ban. on Imran’s speeches.
“NetBlocks recommends against in use of network crashes and social media restrictions on political speech given their disproportionate impact on fundamental rights, including freedom of expression and freedom of assembly,” the organization said in a statement.
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PTI and party leaders accused government for in development, adding that the ban will not be able to stop party or Imran.
PTI Vice President Fawad Chaudhry stated that Pakistan is now “officially turned into a banana republic”.
“So YouTube blocked again all of a sudden by this fascist import government and its handlers. Really sick thinking,” he tweeted. former human rights minister Shirin Mazari.
“Imran Khan’s speech will be heard one way or else you are petty, intimidated political pygmies. I never thought that the state use cyberwar against your own people! Shameful.
“The government of Pakistan once again blocked youtube just stop people after watching Peshawar Jalsa speech of the most popular Pakistani political leader, Imran Khan.” party coordinator Azhar Mashvani.
Digital Rights advocate Osama Khilji said “Enough is enough”, adding that the Telecommunications Authority of Pakistan cannot “block YouTube”. for all of Pakistan every time Imran Khan speaks at a rally.”
“This is unconstitutional censorship that has no legal basis. Stop joking of Constitution and attitude to the country like video game”, he tweeted.
AT follow-up tweet, he said “Welcome to digital martial law in Pakistan, where YouTube is blocked every time someone whom the institution doesn’t like speaks, and their speech is broadcast live.
He called it “unacceptable paternalistic censorship” undermining constitutional rights.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) secretary general Farhatullah Babar, in response to a tweet about the glitch, shared his reservations. over such moves saying: “A person can be imprisoned, but not an idea.”
A similar incident happened on August 21 on night of Imran’s message to party rally in Liaquat Bagh Rawalpindi. NetBlocks also confirmed this violation.
“Real-time network data show violation in effect on some but not all mobile as well as fixed ISPs in Pakistan during live- streaming speech. Access was restored after the performance is over. Study drawn from sample size of 100 measurements from 14 positions points all over Pakistan,” NetBlocks said. in report.