Pakistan’s blasphemy monitor
A court in Pakistan continues the trend of insulting the intelligence of that country’s entire population by ordering seven major websites to be monitored for “blasphemy”. Offending links appearing on Yahoo, Google, MSN, Hotmail (?), YouTube, Amazon and Bing will be blocked, apparently without affecting the main website.
In addition to those seven major sites, another 17 lesser known domains have been blocked.
Facebook was not one of the mentioned sites, in spite of the fact that a court is investigating the possibility of prosecuting its founder, Mark Zuckerberg for blasphemy – an offence which carries the death penalty or life imprisonment.
The crackdown is based on Section 295-C of the penal code which refers to the
Use of derogatory remarks etc, in respect of the Holy Prophet … either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly.