Violating free expression, authorites block Twitter for nearly 12 hours

first_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked access to the social network Twitter for almost 12 hours yesterday on orders from the Ministry of Information Technology because of “blasphemous content,” namely a Prophet Mohamed cartoon competition.“Blocking access to a social network, even for a few hours, is an unacceptable violation of freedom of expression and access to information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Aside from its completely disproportionate nature, this kind of blocking is both ineffective, because it is easily circumvented, and counter-productive, because it has given unprecedented publicity to the cartoon competition condemned by the Pakistani authorities.“Twitter is becoming increasingly popular in Pakistan and has acquired the status of an alternative platform for free expression and exchanging views on a wide range of political and social issues. The Pakistani authorities should face up to their responsibilities and ensure that this kind of measure, which is unworthy of a democratic government, does not recur.”A PTA spokesman told Agence France-Presse that both Facebook and Twitter were involved “We negotiated with both. Facebook agree to remove the (offending) material but Twitter did not respond.” As a result, Facebook is accessible but Twitter remains blocked. The Pakistani newspaper Dawn said Twitter had refused to remove the offending content.There is also a need for transparency about the method used to block access to Twitter. A PTA spokesman said Internet Services Providers were asked to do the blocking but Wahajuz Siraj of the Internet Services Providers Association of Pakistan (ISPAK) said the PTA had blocked the access to Twitter directly from the upstream links, without notifying ISPs.The blocking of Twitter triggered an outcry from Pakistani Internet users. The Pakistani branch of the NGO Bytes for All set up a “Rapid Response Network” to allow them to circumvent the blocking.This is not the first time the Pakistani authorities have blocked access to an entire Internet platform because of content regarded as blasphemous. Both Facebook and YouTube were blocked in mid-2010. The blocking of Facebook was imposed on 19 May 2010 because of a “Draw Mohammed Day” competition and was lifted 12 days later on the orders of a Lahore high court judge.A recent government plan to introduce a nationwide website filtering system was widely condemned by local and international NGOs, including Reporters Without Borders, at the initiative of Bolo Bhi, a Pakistani civil rights group. January 28, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts RSF_en PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News April 21, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img May 21, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Violating free expression, authorites block Twitter for nearly 12 hours Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists to go further Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Follow the news on Pakistan June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Newslast_img read more

Head Over Heels, Produced by Gwyneth Paltrow, Aims for B’dway

first_imgGwyneth Paltrow(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Head Over Heels View Comments From Goop to Broadway producer? Gwyneth Paltrow is backing Head Over Heels, a musical featuring the songs of 1980s girl group The Go-Go’s. According to the New York Post, she was one of the producers behind a recent industry reading of the show, which was directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening).With a book by Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by the Go-Go’s and direction by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, the tuner made its world premiere this past summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.Inspired by Sir Philip Sidney’s 16th-century pastoral romance, Arcadia, the new musical is an Elizabethan love story turned on its head (familiar material to Paltrow). A duke. A mysterious prophecy. Two daughters: one mobbed by suitors, the other…not so much. And all set to the beat of 1980s pop icons the Go-Go’s.Originally fronted by Belinda Carlisle, The Go-Go’s were the first and only all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Hits included “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “We Got the Beat,” “How Much More” and “Head Over Heels,” below.center_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2019last_img read more

This modern Kallangur townhouse was great vaule for money

first_img37/34 Duffield Road, KallangurShe said one and two-bedroom townhouses and units in the area were ideal for buyers with a low budget.“It’s not everyone’s cup of tea because of the size (but) they’re a good little investment as well,” Mrs Burke said.She said it was rare that they sold for less than $300,000 but there were still bargains to be found like the Duffield Rd property.According to the latest CoreLogic market trends data, the median sale price for an apartment in Kallangur was $290,000. 37/34 Duffield Road, KallangurA MODERN one-bedroom townhouse in Kallangur has sold for $180,000.David Deane Real Estate sales consultant Lee-Ann Burke said smaller properties were often difficult to sell but the one at 37/34 Duffield Rd was snapped up a month after being listed on the market.It was the cheapest sale in the Moreton Realestate area within the past two weeks.Mrs Burke said it sold for such a low price because it was only a one-bedroom home.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019However, she said the location was ideal, with public transport and shops close by.“It’s a cracker location,” Mrs Burke said.last_img read more

University of the WI lecturer provided with 2017 Marcus Garvey award

first_imgWritten extensively on GarveyLewis, a Jamaican, is based at the UWI’s Mona campus in Kingston. He has written extensively on Garvey, including the book Marcus Garvey: Anti-Colonial Champion.He is chairman of the Friends of Liberty Hall, a Kingston base that served as Garvey’s headquarters. Lewis was also main speaker at the event.Patron of the event was Jamaican Consul General in Miami, Franz Hall, who represented the Jamaican government. Award RecipientsAfter a montage featuring over 30 previous Rootz Extravaganza awardees, recipients of the 2017 Marcus Garvey Community Service Award were announced. They are clinical social worker Keachia Bowers; community activists Jynsen Henry and Hope Gary; and retired nurse manager Carol Gordon. There was an emotional screening of the film 100 Years of Racial Lynching, which graphically illustrated lynchings, burnings, bombings and other forms of racial in justice against blacks in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean. Entertainment was provided by vocalist Kristine Alicia, veteran guitarist Eugene Grey, soloist Revelation and Drumming Fingers, a children’s drum and dance troupe.An annual event, Rootz Extravaganza celebrates the birth of Garvey who was born on August 17, 1887, in Jamaica’s rural St. Ann parish.A leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York during the 1920s, he was imprisoned by the US government for mail fraud in 1923. Deported to Jamaica four years later, he died in London in 1940. He was made a National Hero in 1964. Professor Rupert Lewis, a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, was presented with the 2017 Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award at the Marcus Garvey Rootz Extravaganza on August 17. The ceremony took place at Lauderdale Lakes Cultural and Educational Center in Lauderdale Lakes.Lewis was recognized for “his longstanding contributions to the literary scholarship about Marcus Garvey, Jamaica’s first National Hero.”last_img read more