Nov 27, 2013

Pakistani Activists Denounce Censorship Of Baloch Film

Photo by: Manuele.

An anticensorship organization in Pakistan has accused the government of blocking a short film about rights violations in the restive southwestern province of Balochistan. 

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty.              

The Digital Rights Foundation criticized the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority for blocking the film, "The Line on Freedom," on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) website.    

The group said the blocking represents an "unprecedented event" because Islamabad has "used all sorts of means to curb the dissidents’ views" from Balochistan.              

The group claims blocking of the Baloch film is the first case of targeted online censorship in Pakistan.

The film sheds light on the largely underreported issue of suspected Baloch separatists being abducted by Pakistani security agencies without charges.         

Islamabad has been blocking the video sharing website Youtube for more than a year.