IMDB Gets Blocked in Pakistan [Updated]

IMDB Gets Blocked in Pakistan

IMDB.com, the largest database of information on movies, TV and celebrities, is mysteriously blocked in Pakistan.

While we can confirm that website is not accessible throughout Pakistan, the reason behind the blockade is not known yet.

We have asked the concerned authorities to share with us the details of the ban on IMDB.com.

Apparently, as decided by courts earlier, if there was any objectionable material (read blasphemous) available on the website then only objectionable pages(S) was/were supposed to get blocked, not the entire website.

Inter-ministerial committee, that is the sole body responsible for taking decisions on blocking any website in Pakistan, should have considered better alternatives, such as blocking only objectionable pages – if there are any – as banning the entire website will only earn bad press for Pakistan and nothing else.

The time has come when there needs to be a regulation for censoring the internet. This Inter-ministerial committee should make public all the blocked websites and must explain the reasons for any bans to avoid misinformation and bad name of course.

We will update this post when we will have any further information (from authorities) available with us.

Update:

Apparently, there was a mistake on part of the committee that decided the ban. A tweet from Mr. Basit Alvi of Brain Telecommunication, reveals that access to IMDB has been restored now.

While we are not fully clear about the whole development, it can be safely said that decision was made in a hurry and was hurriedly reversed.

Mr. Basit mention that restoration of IMDB made possible by a Director General at PTA. Here’s the tweet:

Thanks to Shahid Saleem for updating us about Mr. Basit’s tweet.

Tech and telecom reporter with over 15 years of experience, he works as founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • I warned you.

    I wonder what will you do when someone decides to block disqus for blasphemous comments, as can be seen on some Right Wing/Religious websites in the West. Will you enjoy going back to manually moderating all comments?

    • They will use the excuse of “blasphemous & objectionable” content to block anything & everything that doesn’t suit them.

      I say lets stop using all of our internet connections for a few days, stop paying the bills. Then see how they will come crawling and begging to come back to them. Tareeqa tou sahi istimaal karo apni baat manwanay ka. Chawaliyaan marney mein hamara koi saani nahi :/

  • This could be a temporary blockage as seen few week ago in case of torrents and some other websites but its time to remind PTA and sole bodies to introduce content filtering system.

    • It IS their content filtering system at work. It’s working perfectly: they block content AND NEVER TELL YOU WHY.

      • Content filtering system should block specific content not whole website. Its just their ordinary way of blocking websites nothing else.

    • We don’t live in the middle ages anymore people. Besides the movie respects Hazrat Noah (A.S.). There are already many such movies, would you get them banned too? Grow up people grow up, please this is the 21st century.

    • I don’t believe that theory.

      #1:
      Google for “Noah”. Even before you click on any link, you will see a huge section on the right side of the page describing the movie, actors, related movies. So what is the purpose of the block?

      #2:
      Even if the imdb link is blocked, one or two links down from the imdb page is the Wikipedia page **for the movie**. That is not blocked.

      #3: The movie comes out in March. What possible reason is there to block the site in NOVEMBER??? And if the movie is the reason for the block, then how will they block the hundreds or thousands of sites that will be discussing the movie before and after it is released?

      #4: Lastly, they never blocked any internet site for movies like this for any other Prophet. And yet I have never heard anyone call Noah (PBUH) So important to do anything like this.

      Have they never heard of the “Streisand Effect”? By trying to ban it, they have only made it more interesting to people.

  • They are systematically eradicating any and all venues for online representation of Pakistan by Pakistanis. The only country in the world that completely blocked YouTube is Pakistan. This idiocacy started from Redman Malik the jackal and is continued by Anushae Rehman the buffoon. When exactly are we going to wake up and fight for our freedom and liberties?

    • It does make you wonder. If they can get away with blocking innocuous sites like imdb, then they can block anything.

  • I think the reason is Pakistani Movie “Waar” thats was getting higher rating on IMDB than anyother bollywood or hollywood movie.

  • i am sure the BIBI handling ministry of IT don’t even know what for imdb.com used for..GOD BLESS PAKISTAN!!

  • There is no need of Martial Law in Pakistan. Every government sector do what they want to do without explaining the reasons. Pathetic!

  • NEWS UPDATE tweet from Basit Alvi (of Brain Internet):

    #imdb restored in #pakistan … Special thanx to #pta and to director general who requested not to disclose his name.

    tweet from bolobhi:

    Convener ISPAK says “#PTA has sent order to restore #IMDB immediately. They acted rightly & promptly on our complaint” #Pakistan

  • I am SO UPSET about this. OK, so the PTA has ordered it to be unblocked now (not opening for me on PTCL DSL but maybe that will fix itself in a few hours).

    BUT
    WHY
    WAS
    IT
    BLOCKED
    IN
    THE
    FIRST
    PLACE???

    Is suddenly all the “anti-state” “anti-Islam” “anti-religion” stuffs deleted from the site? Magically?

    WHO was responsible for this block?
    WHO has the POWER to block any site and issue an OFFICIAL notification from PTA to block sites like this? Only to have blocks removed by some “unnamed director general of PTA”? In fact, how many “director generals” are there in PTA/MoIT???

    These people are OUT OF CONTROL.

    IMDb is owned 100% by Amazon. Any infos that are against Islam on IMDb are **SOLD** by Amazon. Amazon was not blocked.

    SO WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

    • I do not think moulvis were behind this. There are many MANY people who do not know Islam properly and are ordinary people. Some apparently work for the government at high positions in MoIT.

    • Can someone tell you that you will die some day and moulvi nay tumhara janaza bi parhana hoo ga…Moulvis ko block kar diyea tou kya justin bieber ka gana souna kay tumhain qabar mein outarain gaey :P

      • Can anyone else practice Islam for you?

        Simple question. Can anyone else practice Islam for you? Is it your job or someone else’s?

        Then why you think we need a maulvi to lead Janazah prayers? ANY MALE MUSLIM CAN LEAD SUCH PRAYERS.

  • [Youtube Blocked], [imdb Blocked]. .

    next is very much likely to block [Wikipedia] and all known informative webs.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

    • On some ISPs, if the Wikipedia URL has the name Muhammad in it, it won’t work. I have personally seen this on Worldcall in Lahore months ago (I stopped using them so I don’t know if they still do it).

      Amazing, I cannot even see Jinnah’s page because of that block.

  • Fasten your seat belts guys…we are ready to travel back in time…hilarious actions taken….

  • Near future we will have 100 MB speed with all the sites blocked due to one or another reason religious, cultural, social, political , racist, reasons

  • actually these people are making their day WORK FULL… lol.
    first do some thing and report it as a work..
    then they realize that it is WRONG.. they UNDO it and report is a work again..
    and they are paid for this WORKING…

    • WAKE UP, JANAB. You slept through the entire event.

      It was blocked starting on the 19th and opened today. No reason whatsoever was given for the block.

      Else you have some other explanation for what Basit Alvi owner of Brain ISP tweeted that it was being opened?


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