Reports are now coming in that an emerging digital media platform, NayaDaur, led by progressive Pakistanis accommodating diverse views has been blocked from viewing in Pakistan. When trying to visit the website using a Pakistani ISP, the domain name simply doesn’t resolve while the website is perfectly accessible from outside the country.
We've received complaints that our website is not reachable for Wateen and Zong users. It is feared that it has been made unavailable for users in Pakistan by PTA. However, we are trying to confirm it. Please let us know if #NayaDaur is accessible on your service provider. pic.twitter.com/SyOU4FzGdr
— NayaDaur (@nayadaurpk) April 22, 2018
Not working on Stormfibre either
— Tooba Masood (@tabahitooba) April 22, 2018
It is not accessible thru Witribe Lahore, and it was accessible when i tried thru Proxy VPN, definitely it is blocked. pic.twitter.com/8eGqIf9RQc
— Usman Farooq (@usmanfarooque) April 22, 2018
Censoring a platform like this one makes no sense. It isn’t any other unfiltered blog site but a platform that carries meaningful conversations and debates in a civil manner. Oops, I guess that’s exactly what got it into trouble. The past few months have been particularly distressing for open discourse and debate in the country. The state is acting as a control-freak who would shut down any voice it does not like to hear.
But now is not the time to give in. It’s time to resist and it’s time to push back! I reject and condemn censorship of NayaDaur and urge you to do the same. Let us freely talk, engage and debate issues. UNBLOCK NAYA DAUR RIGHT NOW!