Ban Ki Moon will be surprised to learn how far Sri Lankan government goes to ensure the human rights of its people. It may not necessarily make him an activist, but the chief of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission makes it clear why Facebook should not be banned: Access to it is a human right. Mark, did you hear that?
There is another reason too. As Anusha Pelpita says to Daily Mirror online blocking sites will reduce internet speed. “It will affect the country’s reputation in the technological aspect,” says, he. This might make a cynical broadband user blaming the speed drop on Tamilnet ban, but let us be happy. It is good to learn that TRC is genuinely concerned about the broadband quality.
Daily Mirror adds:
Facebook; a social network site which has immense popularity universally was blocked in Pakistan in May when certain individuals had created a blasphemous page regarding Prophet Muhammad. However, two weeks later Pakistan lifted the ban and said it would continue to block individual pages containing “blasphemous” content.
Similarly, Bangladesh also banned Facebook in May after the arrest of a youth in connection with uploading satiric images of some politicians including the prime minister and the leader of the opposition. The Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) accounted reasons such as posting anti- religious and pornographic links by users across the globe were some of the reasons for restricting the access. In June, a week after the ban on Facebook was implemented the government lifted it.
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