YOUTUBE BAN

YOUTUBE BAN IN PAKISTAN

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The Supreme Court proposed banning YouTube in Pakistan on Wednesday while hearing the case of a individual, Shaukat Ali, implicated in a sectary crime. Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin and Justice Mushir Alam were on the bench to consider the argument. The court objected to unchecked social media posts, in particular attacks on the courts, the armed forces and the government.

We have no recourse to freedom of speech, Justice Amin stated. Our wages are paid out of people’s income, they have the right to ask concerns about our decisions and our results, he said. But the Constitution still gives us the right to privacy, Justice Amin stated. Justice Amin stated that family members of the judiciary are being watched on YouTube. He referred to the judgment reported yesterday, which was addressed on the forum, and questioned if the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had taken note of these incidents on the forum where judges were ridiculed and humiliated.

Justice Amin stated that family members of the judiciary are being watched on YouTube. He referred to the judgment reported yesterday, which was addressed on the forum, and questioned if the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had taken note of these incidents on the forum where judges were ridiculed and humiliated.

PTA official informed the court that the PTA could not delete offensive material but could only record it. Youtube is outlawed in several nations, Justice Mushir Alam said. He wondered if anybody would attempt to post material on the site against the United States or the European Union. Justice Amin wondered how many individuals have been arrested for these offences, while Justice Alam observed that social networking is controlled by local legislation in many countries. Citizens are being incited against the courts, the government and the armed forces, Justice Amin added. The court released notices on the subject to the Pakistani Attorney General and the foreign ministry.