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After YouTube, homophobic Pakistan bans nation’s only openly gay website

in PAKISTAN, 27/09/2013

In a move that was on the cards, Pakistan’s government has banned the only website in the country openly calling itself a gay site and offering support and counseling to the Islamic nation’s endangered LGBTQ community.

Queer Pakistan, a fledgling website launched in July and hitting global headlines immediately, was blanket-blocked by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the state authority responsible for filtering the Internet in Pakistan.

The ban was enforced Tuesday, just weeks after media reports that government officials were aware of the site’s existence and were mulling how to react to it.

“This is a completely illegal and unconstitutional ban depriving a sizeable community of the right to information,” said the founder of the project, who had been using the name Fakhir to protect his identity as homosexuality is punishable with imprisonment or even death.

The PTA is empowered to assess and blanket-ban any website it deems blasphemous or pornographic, a sweeping power that has resulted in thousands of websites being banned since September 2012, including YouTube.

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