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Unlawful content has degraded Wikipedia services

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has degraded Wikipedia services in the country on account of not blocking / removing sacrilegious contents.

Wikipedia was approached for blocking / removal of the said contents by issuing a
notice under applicable law and court order(s). An opportunity of hearing was also
provided, however, the platform neither complied by removing the blasphemous
content nor appeared before the Authority.

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Given the intentional failure on part of the platform to comply with the directions of
PTA, the services of Wikipedia have been degraded for 48 hours with the direction to
block / remove the reported contents. In case of non-compliance by Wikipedia the
platform will be blocked within Pakistan.

The restoration of the services of Wiki will be reconsidered subject to blocking /
removal of the reported unlawful contents. PTA is committed to ensuring a safe
online experience for all Pakistani citizens according to local laws.


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