Pakistan Blogspot Blogs Blocked in Mohammed Cartoon Row
Posted on March 3, 2006
The BBC reports that Pakistan has blocked several blogs in response to the growing conflict over the Mohammed Cartoons. The blog block also blocked all Pakistan Blogspot users as well. Apparently, there is a Blogspot blog showing the cartoons and a block of this blog ended up blocking all of Blogspot in Pakistan.
Bloggers in Pakistan became first became aware of the ban on 28 February when they were unable to access a popular blog hosting site, Blogspot.Some bloggers are temporarily using anonymizers to reach Blogger until the block on Blogspot is removed. The BBC says the blogs that Pakistan intended to block are blogs that are "inviting people to draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad."
One of the blocked sites is hosted on Blogspot, which led to the blocking of all web journals hosted on the site.
The Pakistan bloggers found their blogs blocked, even though their blogs are not connected with the cartoons.
They say they have still been able to edit and update their blogs, but not able to read them.