Pakistan to monitor Google, other major sites for blasphemy; 17 smaller sites to be blockedBy Asif Shahzad, AP
Friday, June 25, 2010
Pakistan watches Google, other sites for blasphemy
ISLAMABAD — An official says Pakistan will start monitoring seven major websites, including Google, for anti-Islamic content. It also is blocking at least 17 other, lesser-known sites it deems offensive to Muslims.
The decision comes in response to a recent order from a judge in Punjab province.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority spokesman Khurram Mehran said Friday that the sites to be monitored include Yahoo, Google, MSN, Hotmail, YouTube, Amazon and Bing.
Mehran said the telecommunication authority would block links to sacrilegious content found on those sites.
Pakistan temporarily banned Facebook for about two weeks in May amid anger over a page that encouraged users to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.