In another crackdown on the Internet, the Pakistan government have blocked YouTube access in the country. Users visiting the site might not be able to access videos on YouTube.
According to a BBC report, Pakistan has blocked YouTube because of its "growing sacrilegious content". In addition to that, there are reports that several Wikipedia pages are also being restricted by the government.
The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said it had ordered internet service providers to "completely shut down" YouTube and prevent Facebook from being viewed within Pakistan.
Banning websites is not a new phenomenon and countries like China have blocked access to almost every popular social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. The Indian government in the past has also blocked access to BlogSpot blogs and other websites.
So is the South Asian region more susceptible to banning website and internet freedom? The recent crackdowns don’t give a different picture here.