Right to information: YouTube ban equated with stopping blasphemy

ET: LAHORE: A group of lawyers favouring the ban on YouTube staged protested demonstration outside the Lahore High Court against “blasphemy or any steps taken to defend blasphemers.”

Bytes for All, the petitioner, is seeking withdrawal of the ban on the popular video sharing website. Its counsel Yasser Latif Hamdani and four officials appeared at the LHC to attend the proceedings.

During the hearing, Advocate Azhar Siddique, the counsel opposed to lifting of the ban, alleged that Bytes for All was seeking restoration of the website because it had a Zionist agenda.

He said he would present evidence of 26 Zionist plots in this regard.

Responding to the allegations, Hamdani said his client wanted the ban to be because free flow of information was the right of every individual.

Siddique, chairman of the Judicial Activism Panel, was admonished by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah when he was told that Siddique had been watching a YouTube video in the courtroom a few minutes before the proceedings started.

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