Apex court hints at blocking YouTube again in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday took notice of ‘the objectionable content’ on social media specially YouTube.
The top court hinted at blocking YouTube access in the country following surfacing of analysis by people on court judgments on the social media platform.
Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed said common men had taken the liberty of giving analysis on judiciary.
Justice Mushir Alam dared the YouTubers to publish anti-American or European Union content on YouTube (in the name of freedom of speech). He said the video publishing platform was banned in many countries. The judge also said that social media was being controlled in multiple countries according to local laws.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) officials said they could only report an individual content and not remove it.
Qazi Amin said personal lives of judges were also being discussed on social media and even their families were not spared. He asked if the Federal Investigation Agency and PTA had watched whatever was happening on YouTube.
“We have nothing against freedom of speech. We draw salary from tax payers’ money. The constitution gives us also the right of having private life. We are showing restraint, however it has to end. Masses are being incited against army, judiciary and the government,” he said.