So go on reminding; surely, reminding is profitable. (Al Quran 87:10)
By Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
As of 7th of June, 2013, the Muslim Times has been banned in parts of Pakistan. When the readers try to log in, instead of our content, they read, ”The website is not accessible. The site contains content that is prohibited for viewership from within Pakistan.”
I keep receiving testimony from Pakistan, every so often, through emails from readers that the Muslim Times is not accessible to them through regular means.
One reader in the comments in one of the previous posting of this article said:
By installation of any software like ” HOTSPOT SHIELD” etc you can easily open http://www.themuslimtimes.org
Our world is a global village. No one can ban any thing. You can only close your eyes and ears but cannot ban, especially the Truth has to spread one way or the other.
The Muslim Times stands for the religious freedom of every human being, for Universal Brotherhood and Sisterhood and for Separation of Mosque-Church and State, in every country of the world. Pakistan Government did not say for which of these aspirations, they have chosen to ban us.
At any rate, we in the Muslim Times, take it as a compliment in disguise. Pakistan has moved us from the stage of ‘ignore,’ to ‘ridicule.’ Mahatma Gandhi, the great sage from India, once remarked, about political oppressors:
First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.
Many of the other news sites, like CNN, Yahoo and the Huffington Post, every so often, indulge in frivolous and obscene and the Muslim Times never does that. Notwithstanding our principled publication history, Pakistan Government has singled out the Muslim Times, for the honor of being banned.
In some ways they have gone against their own policies as documented in Wikipedia:
In April 2003 the PTCL announced that it would be stepping up monitoring of pornographic websites. “Anti-Islamic” and “blasphemous” sites were also monitored. In early March 2004, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) ordered Internet service providers (ISPs) to monitor access to all pornographic content.
We, in the Muslim Times, pray to Almighty Allah that let this trial imposed on us, by the myopic Pakistan Government, be a source of more and better readers. May His decree enable our readers outside Pakistan to share our worth while content with their friends and family, in Pakistan, through email, phone and other means.
Commneters have suggested other means to overcome this shortsightedness of Pakistan Government. For example, one of them wrote:
I can access MT on Wi-Tribe in Islamabad/Rawalpindi.
Another reader wrote:
TMT is banned here in Rabwah too I’m opening it via spotflux . It can also opened by other proxys.
For comments in the original posting and how to overcome the problem, click here.