PAKISTAN

Pakistani students cover protests on campus

By Team Observers Since the declaration of a state of emergency on 03 November, all the privately-owned news channels – Geo, Dawn and Ary – have been blocked by the Pakistani cable operators. But internet users have got together to circulate these prohibited programmes online.

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By Team Observers

Since the declaration of a state of emergency on 03 November, all the privately-owned news channels – Geo, Dawn and Ary – have been blocked by the Pakistani cable operators. But internet users have got together to circulate these prohibited programmes online.

'Rizwan', student and citizen journalist

Like they did in recent events in Burma, groups of students got together to film the demonstrations, paying special to police intervention. ‘Rizwan’, a student at the University of Lahore, was one of these ‘citizen journalists’. On Monday, he covered a rally organised by lawyers outside the supreme court, and posted his photos of the event on Flickr a few hours later, with comments added. Contacted by the Observers team, the young internet-user explained that he only wanted to prove that the demonstrations were peaceful, and show the brutality of the police forces. He wants the photos to be distributed far and wide by the media, “to put a stop to this absurd repression".

Youtube against censorship

Censured channels’ programmes are posted on Youtube by Pakistanis who live abroad. They’re then published on the blogs of the opposition parties, particularly Free Pakistan. The quality of the images is of course very poor, but it’s a sneaky system that proves effective in getting around state censorship.