Monday, March 06, 2006

Blogger Censored in Pakistan

After reading about the censorship of Google and bloggers in China, Bee in Brazil, sent this link from the WikiNews about the Pakistani government shutting down (our host!). The article states, "Bloggers are debating whether the move by the Pakistani government is a sign of a long-term online censorship campaign, or a temporary move to prevent potentially embarrassing blog coverage of U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to the country this weekend." An Indian blogger, Neha Viswanathan, does not believe that Bush's visit is the reason for the censorship, but rather that the blockage "might be on a very experimental basis to see how far they go. The Pakistani govt has hardly had any dialogue with bloggers at all."
Clearly, governments are not sure what to do with bloggers. As you can see, publishing work for an international audience is as easy as a few clicks. How effective do you think blogs will be in promoting world peace and democracy?


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