Imran slams ‘unacceptable censorship’ by govt as YouTube blocked during Peshawar rally

06:24 PM | 7 Sep, 2022
Imran slams ‘unacceptable censorship’ by govt as YouTube blocked during Peshawar rally
Source: Imran Khan (Instagram)

PESHAWAR – Former Pakistani premier Imran Khan has rapped Sharif-led government for censorship after authorities blocked access to YouTube to limit Khan’s speech from being broadcast live on the video streaming platform.

Khan reacted to the development a day after NetBlocks, an internet tracker, confirmed the outrage, while YouTube Down was trending on the microblogging platform.

In his latest tweet, the defiant politician accused the government of censoring him on digital platforms, saying such moves would damage Pakistan’s reputation.

"They are imposing a complete blackout of my speeches not only from mainstream media but also by blocking YouTube. This fascist govt of a cabal of crooks and their backers are willing to harm the interests of Pakistan simply out of fear of (his party) PTI’s soaring popularity. Utterly callous and unacceptable", the tweet cited.

Meanwhile, YouTube officials have not responded to the issue, while a representative of the Pakistan Telecom Authority said they had no idea about the outage.

Despite the blackouts, PTI Chief continues to rake millions of views on different social platforms.

The ruling alliance decided to censor Khan’s live telecast after his explosive speech in which he mentioned state institutions.

Later, Islamabad High Court revoked the orders by the media watchdog, saying PEMRA cannot ban speeches based on objectionable comments.

Last month, a pro-PTI news channel was taken off the air but a court ordered the ruling illegal and another private TV channel was suspended lately for airing anti-government content.

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