A spokesman for Pakistan’s media regulator says it has blocked Wikipedia for hurting Muslim sentiment by not removing allegedly blasphemous content.
Pakistan blocks Wikipedia, ‘Muslim sentiment hurt’
Pakistan’s media regulator has blocked Wikipedia services in the country for hurting Muslim sentiment by not removing purportedly blasphemous content from the site.
Blasphemy is a sensitive subject and carries the death penalty in Pakistan, where even allegations of the offence are often enough to provoke mob violence. International and domestic rights groups say that accusations of blasphemy have often been used to intimidate religious minorities and settle personal scores.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority on Monday said it blocked Wikipedia because a 48-hour deadline to remove the content was ignored, according to a spokesman.
“Such things hurt the sentiments of Muslims,” said Malahat Obaid, from the regulator.