How to Join Digital Blackout Campaign to Block Internet Taxes?

As you may all know that Pakistani digital publishers and bloggers are blacking-out their websites in protest against internet taxes.

Everyone is encouraged to join blackout in which home-pages are turned black for a certain duration. Below are the tools through which you can join this blackout-protest.

For WordPress Websites

This is how you can implement full-page black-out on your wordpress websites:

  • Download this plugin (its free)
  • Install and activate the plugin
  • Plugin settings will be as following:

Plugin_setting

Please follow all settings as mentioned above and then save these settings and click on “All Ads” and then click on “Add new ad”

Here in the editor, simply upload a banner — exactly like you upload an image on usual posts. You can download Blackout Banners from here.

When banner is uploaded and displayed in the editor, save the ad and that’s it. Please make sure that you are following above displayed setting.

You can also download other web banners and Facebook post images from this link.

You can contact us (aamir at propakistani dot com) if you are facing any issue in implementing this.

Who is Currently Part of Digital Blackout?

We are in process of streamlining the process where websites are being identified that are blacking out.

Currently several dozen websites have joined the campaign, including UrduPoint.com and Hamariweb.com

You can also notify us by filling this form if you are blacking out in protest against internet taxes. Please make sure that you have implemented the black-out before filling this form.

Every participating website will be mentioned explicitly here on this page.

How Individuals Can Join

Download Facebook post images from here and share these on your wall. Everyone’s counted.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Muhammad Aamir

    When are you going to blackout on Propakistani? Just saying to others!!

    • aamir7

      Our homepage is already blacked-out.

  • Zaki Uddin

    good!

  • Saqib

    Your website seems not to be blacked out, it still has the same color scheme here with me even if I reloaded the page after deleting the browser cache.

    • aamir7

      which browser you are on?

      • Saqib

        I am using chromium on Arch Linux, I tried by switching to incognito mode too and got the same result. However, it worked fine with firefox.

        • aamir7

          let me see it

          • Saqib

            Moreover, there is a different sort of problem with firefox, whenever I click on a link on your website, the blackout page is shown, I suppose it was intended to be shown once only.

            • Ahmed Habib

              Biased hands can’t do justice.

          • Saqib

            it is working now, it was due to uBlock extension :/

      • guest

        Amir please get rid of this annoying blackout thing from your website, whenever open any post it appears which is very annoying. Don’t destroy your Blog please

  • Ahmed Habib

    Lol, blackout should be total blackout not like this false impression. Ye to woi bat hui na ky roza bhi ho ar chup ky nimko b khaty raho. Come on, if you really care for internet then simply blackout your whole website, there should never be a close button to remove blackout. If you wil not do this, we will assume you have biased heart, eyes, nose, and the pen.

    • Ahmed Habib

      But, if you will impose complete blackout, you will lose revenue that is the biggest “fear” you currently have. If you are stronghearted go for complete blackout and soon you will see blackout om your future ;-)

      I am saying this because you are front line army, make a sound impression but not like this baby step.

      • Lazy Sapper

        You can not blackout whole site. You will need to change theme in most cases.

        • KMQ

          Bhai isi theme main color change karodo, whats the big deal. Kaunsa is site main hazaron colors chal rahe hain :) just find and replace chalana hai CSS par sir. Not a rocket science.

          • Ahmed Habib

            His name suggests his way of work. :-)

          • Lazy Sapper

            Ugh. You think that is so easy? Some themes require editing php files.

            • KMQ

              Sir zahir hai newbie ke liye tu issue hi hoga, but Aaamir bhai is not a newbie :-)

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      samja karo bhai..paise bhi to kamanay hain.
      I guarantee you kay ye sab bhi hamari waja say hua hai..he is urging(tarlay) everyone to do the same :D
      I know Aamir very well.. but as you know there is a new generation emerges in late 2012 called youthias(youth). He is one of them and the way he runs this blog starts changing in a pattern. He is absolutely politically motivated and involved in biased reporting and even now propaganda. otherwise I like this person despite his political affiliations.

      • Ahmed Habib

        Agree. :-)

  • SSyar

    Its better that i should enable AdBolck Plus on ProPak domain..,,

  • $had0wWalk3r

    No blackout dear. If you want I can change setting of your website for you. leave a comment if you want me to change your index page

  • KMQ

    Janab yeh tu har page par apka banner ata hai aur automatic band bhi nahi hota and close button se hi chal raha hai.

  • Jugaroo

    Thanks To Adblock+ :D

  • How in can do it on blogger… is there any HTML code???

  • Adeel Younas

    Done, The Tech is displaying Blackout banner.

  • Muneeb Ullah

    ProPk is not blacked out on:
    win7, firefox

  • CaptainPlanet

    Internet and Cellular services should be heavily charged with 50% taxation. Because of lowest rates for their services around world, 17-18% on services serves nothing…..All cellular companies should reconsider their Packages and services and offer same what is offered in U.S and Uk (modern world)… By this we will avoid reasource wastage, unnecessary communication, And lots of electricity and time…!!

    • anas qamar

      Let me analogize your point:
      Instead of Taxing the Internet heavily, let’s Tax Electricity Heavily!
      Why?
      We would then use less resource!
      We would only use electricity for Power Plants, hence ‘unnecessary’ electricity usage would not be used.
      ________
      Also, speaking in terms of Internet, there is a lot to consider which you, I’m afraid, haven’t. With the increase internet availability and decrease in its cost comes an economic boost. Business do prosper with a good internet connection. If you don’t believe this have a look at the Modern World. There are numerous examples especially in the U.S, where the big companies have decided to stay on their copper infrastructure. The copper infrastructure has slow internet bandwidth, as well as high latency. But, as soon as local ISPs started the fiber to home high speed internet access, it attracted business in those areas. The same thing can happen in Pakistan. In order for economic boost, it’s better to not make the internet costly, thinking to “save” resources (like how many actually ‘utilize’ resources?). But instead, its better to improve the internet structure, and make it cheaper to the masses. This also has other benifits like e-commerce, etc.

  • Nexous

    You are doing business in pakistan and earning handsome amounts but not willing to pay taxes. Still you say Pakistan is going to bankrupt and there in nothing in Pakistan. You people are willing to blackout for not paying taxes but not willing changing the mindset of Pakistani nation. Instead of blackouts, you should encourage people to pay taxes by showing your willingness to pay taxes. How can a country progress without taxes?? Do people not pay taxes on income from internet all around the world??

  • Abdul Wahab

    The hypocrisy here is so strong, internet companies should definitely be taxed but after only certain threshold of revenue, and I believe propak is wrong in here to urge people to boycott when there are also earning a lot from marketing.

  • A Mubashir Ali

    Good News, Punjab GOVT is not imposing new taxes on internet