Web Censorship: The 10 Worst Countries To Blog From
I am sure most of you guys take the freedom on the Internet for given. If you live in a western country, this is a consequence of being able to access any website and to publish anything you feel compelled to.
That is not the situation on all parts of the world, however. On some countries people can’t access basic websites like Hotmail or Wikipedia. On others, they can’t have blogs or create websites. On others yet, they can’t even own a computer with Internet access!
Over at DailyBits we did a compilation with the Top 10 Countries Censoring the Web.
Here is a quote from the 10th position, Pakistan:
Pakistan started censoring the web in 2000, when the main target was anti-Islamic content. Over the time, it seems, they liked the possibility to control the Internet traffic, and have been increasing the scope of their censorship system ever since.
How does the censorship work?
There are only three international gateways on the country, and all of them are controlled by the Pakistan Telecommunication Company. The government, therefore, is able to monitor and block most unwanted traffic using filtering software (although their technical apparatus is not sophisticated).
Internet service providers are also required by law to monitor the activity of their clients to make sure that they are not accessing prohibited websites.
What kind of content is blocked?
In the first years of the web censorship in Pakistan, the main target was anti-Islamic content and websites that were related to political autonomy movements (e.g., the Balochi one). In 2003, however, the Pakistan Telecommunication Company declared that they would also officially block all pornographic websites.
In 2006 mainstream western websites, including Wikipedia and several newspapers, got blocked as well. The intensification of the censorship was propelled by the episode of the Danish cartoons that contained images of the Prophet Muhammad.
Check the link above to read the full article and see the other 9 countries.
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25 Responses to “Web Censorship: The 10 Worst Countries To Blog From”
Lucky mine is not in the list lol.
I am moving soon to the Philippines, of course if they blocked traffic I would not even consider the move.
Internet censorship is an absolute joke. The only censorship that should ever happen is when you choose not to listen/look.
You have some misinformation there. Pornographic websites are not banned in Pakistan.
Am from Western Africa guess am free from the censoring.
I am just glad that I live in a western country where I don’t have to worry about this sort of things.
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well, as far as I know, situation is not that worst as the media represents that. some stupid danish journalist posted some images of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which was wrong. What so ever Pakistani government did that was just for the benefit of Denmark’s people ..
Lucky mine is not in the list lol. 🙂
I think we Filipinos are still lucky enough to enjoy such freedom. But come to think of it, why not start blocking porn sites?
Hussien – Do you think our government has the capacity to do it? Or a better question would be, do we still have the money to afford it? lol!
My country blocks feedburner.
Just for info sake, I live in Pakistan. I access not only wikipedia but lots of other websites and blogs. I have a very powerful anti-government blog….but no censorship even 1.5 year down the lane. Actually, I have been using the net for about 5-6 hours a day from the past 7-8 years, and personally have never experienced a blocked site. WE ARE FREE !
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I’ve know this goes on for a while, but it’s a bit of a reality check to have it glaring you right there in your face like that. Daniel, thanks for bringing this back to my attention!
I have dugg the original post. Good that here in the Philippines, we are free to do anything in the net, even accessing porno sites.
Wow sounds like a bad place to blog from. So now what a difference it is to live in free country like America or Europe it has it’s advantages.
It’s worrying to think just a handful of people get to decide for the resat of us.
@Ajith, not in the majority of them.
Thats good that am in INDIA. Indian a free country and we don’t have much restriction on web.
Ofcourse india too block some sites, but that include only some terror,ISI and etc…. But as far as the information is concerned like blogs and all we are totally free 🙂
That’s a great list you made, Daniel.
It’s actually pretty funny, since I’m from one of those countries and currently living in another one as well.
It isn’t that bad here in Saudi Arabia, but in Syria, things can get pretty annoying. Like, I can’t even make a hosting account or login to my PayPal from Syria.
Good thing I got a Canadian VPN a few weeks ago, all problems solved! 🙂
Thank God, that the US hasn’t gotten to that point.
Proxy browsing doesn’t work in those cases?
Fortunately we Indians haven’t faced issues with respect to blocking the blogger community. But there are certain things that needs improvement here as well. For example, cyber crimes are almost never traced down properly.
That’s just wrong, we are free human beings and no one has right to control us that way … peoples are the part of country, not some “controlled animals”that just happen to live there. That’s just sad in my opinion, so sad.
Internet is supposed to be only place on this world where the truth can’t be filtered, without discrimination and where you can say anything you want = and people will hear. Try that on CNN hehe 🙂
Internet has bad places which shouldn’t be visited, but most of these banned sites) – objectively are not wrong ones .
I’m so glad I don’t live in any of these places ( don’t take it wrong ) …
Thank god I am in Indonesia. xD
But my government had blocked youtube before this, making it difficut to find sources for blog contents…. fortunately, blogger didn’t get blocked as well.
Thank GOD, I am in INDIA 🙂
@Brad, they are number 1 indeed 🙂 .
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Doesn’t China censor websites like crazy? I remember the Olympics and how many of the contestants couldn’t access their blogs.
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