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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Block of Wikipedia in Pakistan
sad to hear how in the 21st century there are governments with interest of
controlling information, Hoping to hear updates about this issue ,

On Sat, 4 Feb 2023 at 18:41, John S. <> wrote:

> Thank you for the update. Please continue to keep us informed.
> John S.
> Den lör 4 feb. 2023 kl 02:45 skrev Stephen LaPorte <
> >:
>> Hello everyone,
>> Today, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) ordered that access
>> to Wikipedia be suspended in Pakistan. We are urging the Pakistan
>> government to restore access to Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects
>> immediately
>> <>
>> .
>> This action denies the fifth most populous nation in the world access to
>> the world's largest, free online knowledge repository. If it continues, it
>> will also deny the world the perspective of the people of Pakistan and the
>> benefit of their knowledge, history, and culture.
>> The Wikimedia Foundation received a notification from the Pakistan
>> Telecommunication Authority on February 1, 2023, stating “the services of
>> Wikipedia have been degraded for 48 hours” for failure to remove content
>> from the site deemed “unlawful” by the government. The notification further
>> mentioned that a block of Wikipedia could follow, if the Foundation did not
>> comply with the takedown orders. As of Friday February 3, our internal
>> traffic reports indicate that Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects are no
>> longer accessible to users in Pakistan.
>> The Wikimedia Foundation is already examining various avenues and
>> investigating how we can help restore access, while staying true to our
>> values of verifiability, neutrality, and freedom of information.
>> We are also prepared to support any members of the Wikimedia communities
>> who are impacted. If you or someone you know is contacted by the Pakistani
>> government in reference to the block, please contact us at
>> If you or someone you know is in immediate physical
>> danger in reference to the block, please contact
>> right away. We are actively working to reach out to community leaders in
>> the area.
>> For over twenty years, our movement has supported knowledge as a
>> fundamental human right. In defense of this right, we have opposed a
>> growing number of threats that would interfere with the ability of people
>> to access and contribute to free knowledge. We know that many of you will
>> want to take action or speak out against the block. For now, please
>> continue to do what is needed to remain safe. We will keep you updated on
>> any new developments, actions we are taking, and ways which you can help
>> return access to Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects in Pakistan.
>> Thank you,
>> Stephen
>> --
>> Stephen LaPorte (he/him/his)
>> General Counsel
>> Wikimedia Foundation
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