WordPress.com Banned in Pakistan by PTA
The World’s most popular blogging platform WordPress.com has been officially banned in Pakistan. Apparently, the ban is placed by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) an organization which is now responsible “for monitoring content on internet in Pakistan”
As per our sources, the hosted platform is banned completely due to hosting an alleged Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan(TTP) website that was disseminating anti-state propaganda news.
It is worth mentioning here that a lot of bloggers in Pakistan use this free service to express their opinions online and blog about their passion, work and lifetstyle. Some bloggers even make their full time earning out of this service. This ban would not only affect freedom of expression in Pakistan but will also deprive thousands of bloggers who make their livelihood out of this website.
We urge Pakistani Government and specially PTA to take back this decision and unblock WordPress.com in Pakistan ASAP!
Update: Leading Telecom Blog ProPakistani, quoting an insider in PTA, has reported that WordPress.com is temporarily banned in Pakistan due to severe issues related to “National Security”.