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21 September 2015.
The Standing Committee on Information Technology and Communications in Pakistan has told the government it should end its ban of YouTube.
YouTube is blocked in Pakistan as a result of the country’s strict anti-blasphemy laws, which state that imprisonment and even death sentences can be given to those who insult Islam.
The news comes just as Google had allegedly almost finished developing a blasphemy-free version of YouTube just for Pakistan.
The Standing Committee’s recommendation to un-block YouTube has been met with delight from freedom of speech advocates, who say the ban amounted to censorship.