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    Pakistan: Obscene Words Text Message Ban Ordered

    Not sure why, but I doubt if this will work.


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    ISLAMABAD -- Texters in Pakistan better start watching their language.

    Pakistan's telecommunications authority sent a letter ordering cell phone companies to block text messages containing what it perceives to be obscenities, Anjum Nida Rahman, a spokeswoman for Telenor Pakistan, said Friday.

    It also sent a list of more than 1,500 English and Urdu words that were to be blocked.

    The order was part of the regulator's attempt to block spam messages, said Rahman. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority refused to comment on the initiative.

    Many of the words to be blocked were sexually explicit terms or swear words, according to a copy of the list obtained by The Associated Press.

    It also included relatively mild terms like fart and idiot.

    The reasons for blocking some words, including Jesus Christ, headlights and tampon, were less clear, raising questions about religious freedom and practicality. Any word could conceivably be part of a spam message.

    The letter, which was also obtained by the AP, was dated Nov. 14 and gave cell phone companies seven days to implement the order.

    Rahman, the Telenor spokeswoman, said her company first received the letter Thursday and was discussing how to proceed.

    "It's a big issue, so it is being examined carefully from all points of view," said Rahman.

    The letter said the order was legal under a 1996 law preventing people from sending information through the telecommunications system that is "false, fabricated, indecent or obscene."

    It also stated that free speech can be restricted "in the interest of the glory of Islam."

    Under pressure from Islamists, Pakistan has blocked pornographic websites and ones deemed anti-Islamic. Last year, it temporarily banned Facebook because of material on the site deemed offensive to Islam.
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    Re: Pakistan: Obscene Words Text Message Ban Ordered

    I support banning of obscenity in all free public media globally and certainly as a personal option for email etc. We should be able to personalize all materials served up to us by websites as well and be able block obscenity.

    I read a stat last year that a majority of all bandwidth consumed is for pornography!!! If that is true, obviously something needs to be done about it.

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      Re: Pakistan: Obscene Words Text Message Ban Ordered

      yaar koi mujhay zardari ka woh latifa fwd karay jis main yeh 1700 words hain...
      پورا مسلمان خود نہیں اور مجھے کافر کہتا ہے

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        Re: Pakistan: Obscene Words Text Message Ban Ordered

        Originally posted by Dhoti Main Dhamaka View Post
        yaar koi mujhay zardari ka woh latifa fwd karay jis main yeh 1700 words hain...
        because of you PTA may ban the word "Zardari" as well.

        PS. actually it is a better idea. just ban the word 'zardari' and you wont have to ban the rest of the 1700 words... simple
        Tu bhi villain ban sakta tha, "BILLA" ban sakta tha.....

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          #5
          Re: Pakistan: Obscene Words Text Message Ban Ordered

          btw apparently the list is actually copied from the list of banned words maintained by the NFL (National Football league)

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