More websites blocked at government’s behest

first_img April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News Receive email alerts Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Organisation center_img June 2, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific to go further Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Reporters Without Borders noticed on 9 January that http://www.dictatorshipwatch.com was accessible again inPakistan.———–Reporters Without Borders condemns the directive issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to Internet Service Providers instructing them to block access to six web pages on the grounds that they are “harmful for the integrity of the country.” The PTA is responsible for regulating the Internet. “This does not bode well for online freedom of expression and information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There was nothing in the content of these web pages that attacked Pakistan’s integrity, yet the PTA provided no further explanation for the order. The only content these web pages had in common were photos of the governor of the eastern province of Punjab that can be found on other websites. We urge the PTA to rescind this order.” Photos of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer were widely circulated online last month accompanied by criticism of a lifestyle that is lavish in comparison with how most of the province’s population lives. The directive was issued on 26 December by PTA chief Yawar Yasin at the request of an inter-ministerial committee tasked with monitoring and blocking websites that are deemed to be blasphemous, pornographic, “anti-state” or “anti-Pakistan.” The directive listed six web pages to be blocked and asked ISPs to ensure that that the PTA’s instructions were carried out. The six web pages identified in the directive were:- http://www.dictatorshipwatch.com/2008/11/08/governer-punjab-salman-tasee…- http://www.dictatorshipwatch.com/2008/11/06/leaders-of-a-nation-half-of-…- http://www.dictatorshipwatch.com/taseer/taseer.swf- http://www.makepakistanbetter.com/why_how_what_forum.asp?GroupID=5&Group…- http://www.friendskorner.com/forum/f137/governer-punjab-salman-taseer-hi…- http://www.buzzvines.com/node/3347 Abid Ullan Jan, who has edited the Dictatorship Watch (http://www.dictatorshipwatch.com) website since 2007, posted an article about the directive on 2 January. Access to the entire site was blocked two days later and is still blocked (http://www.dictatorshipwatch.com/2009/01/04/dw-notification-january-04-2…). The previous government led by General Pervez Musharraf was also ready to crack down on the Internet. The video-sharing website YouTube, for example, was blocked on the PTA from 22 to 27 February on the grounds that the proportion of “non-Islamic objectionable video” on the site had increased.The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance, a cyber-crime law promulgated by the new president, Asif Ali Zardari, on 6 November, introduced severe penalties for blogging, hacking and spamming. It was retroactive, applying to blog posts and emails dating back to 29 September. News January 9, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More websites blocked at government’s behest News January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Badminton Horse Trials “Behind Closed Doors” Cancelled for 2021

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP The following statement was released by the Badminton Horse Trials organizers on March 1st:It is with great disappointment and regret, which we know will be shared by many, that we announce the cancellation of the 2021 Badminton Horse Trials which was due to be held “Behind Closed Doors” between the 5th and 9th May. This cancellation also includes the BE90 and BE100 Championships (4th and 5th May).Despite the encouraging Government announcements and rollout of the vaccine, the situation still remains fragile and unpredictable at this time.Following consultation between Badminton, Public Health England and South Gloucestershire Council it has been deemed that due to the scale and location of the Horse Trials it is not possible to secure the surrounding area in the proximity of the event site.The health and safety of all those involved in the event and the local community remains Badminton’s priority and the level of operational and public health risk posed by the Horse Trials was agreed by all concerned to be unacceptable.“The announcement of last October to run behind closed doors was with the optimism that it would be possible, so the decision that we are not in a position to continue to plan to run the event at the beginning of May has not been taken without significant thought and consideration,” said Badminton Director Jane Tuckwell. “I am sorry that the 2021 event has become unworkable despite our best efforts, but I am so grateful to all those that have offered support and encouragement over the past few months.”Commenting on the cancellation The Duke of Beaufort said, “Everyone at Badminton is desperately disappointed to have to cancel for the second year in a row as it is so much a feature of the year here, but I am confident that the 2022 event will be very much part of the spirit of optimism we will all once again be feeling by then.”The team at Badminton wishes to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful athletes, owners, volunteers, sponsors, contractors and supporters for your unwavering commitment to Badminton during these difficult times and look forward to welcoming you back to this great event in 2022. Tags: eventing, Badminton Horse Trials, cancellation, Covid, Email* More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img read more

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