Banned in Pakistan

WordPress notified me that one of my posts from 2015, France is jailing people for the crime of irony, has been banned in Pakistan.   This means that anybody in Pakistan who clicks on the link to that particular post will receive a notice that the post has been blocked by government order.

I assume the reason is that one of the illustrations is a blasphemous (to Muslims) cover of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, many of whose staff members were murdered five years ago because of such blasphemies.

Charlie Hebdo is still publishing, at an undisclosed and secure location, and still giving offense.  The magazine’s target on the anniversary of the massacre was “political correctness.”


Charlie Hebdo targets “new censorship,” five years after terror attacks, by Zeenat Hansrod for RFI.

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7 Responses to “Banned in Pakistan”

  1. Nicky D Says:

    It seems weird to Like this without comment because I think liking it isn’t quite right. How do you feel about this?


    • philebersole Says:

      I’m not sure what you’re getting at. I take a “like” to be a sign of encouragement.

      True, I didn’t express any opinion for people to agree or disagree with. I said what I had to say back in 2015—basically that I personally don’t go around insulting people for their religion or giving offense just to show I can do it, but that I believe freedom of the press is a right, murder is a crime and hurt feelings are no excuse for murder.

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  2. Fred (Au Natural) Says:

    Congratulations on being banned!

    “Hurt feelings” is the excuse for all manner of bad behavior today.


    • philebersole Says:

      As I think about it, this is not a big deal. It only involved one post. Anyone in Pakistan can easily find out what I think about terrorism, Islam, freedom of the press or any other topic I’ve commented on.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Fred (Au Natural) Says:

        I do not think it is possible to be honest on one’s posts without running into someone’s cancel list. It is an honor of sorts.


      • philebersole Says:

        So far as I can tell, the blocking had nothing to do with the opinions I have expressed on my blog. I have not been harmed by it, nor has anyone in Pakistan been blocked from finding out my opinions—although I’d be surprised if many people in Pakistan cared what I thought.

        In the total scheme of things, this amounts to very little—except as an example of how inter-connected the world is.


  3. Fasih Says:

    As a Pakistani, I can confirm this is indeed banned. We are obsessed with cancel culture; hell, we even ban songs and games.


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