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Pakistan's ex-prime minister Imran Khan says the government's YouTube block seeks to censor him

Imran Khan says the government's YouTube block seeks to censor him

August 23, 2022: -On Sunday, Pakistan’s ex-premier Imran Khan, facing charges under an anti-terror act for dangers to police and a magistrate, blamed the government for temporarily stopping YouTube to deny live access to his speech at a political rally.

Khan makes fiery discourses to gatherings other than the South Asian nation as he pushes for late elections after being ousted from power in April through a parliamentary vote.

The Youtube blocking charge followed a ban by the electronic media regulator on the live broadcast of Khan’s speeches, citing his “hate speech” against state organizations on Saturday.

“Imported government blocked YouTube midway through my speech,” Khan said on Twitter.

Khan’s discussions were “prejudicial to the maintenance of law and order and which disturbs public peace and tranquility,” the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said on Saturday.

It accused Khan of “continuously leveling baseless allegations and spreading hate speech through his provocative statements against state institutions.”

It prohibited live broadcasts of his speeches by communication channels with immediate effect but made an exception for recorded speech.

Pakistan’s government, police, and strong army have been among the targets of Khan’s remarks.

After the television ban, Khan’s group vowed to go live on “500+ YouTube and Facebook media”.

Yet, many Pakistani social media users reported problems accessing YouTube on Sunday, as Khan was about to address a gathering in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

In those comments, Khan spoke he was being censored for not accepting the present confederation administration, which had voted him out of power.

The television ban came a day after Khan’s threats to Islamabad’s authority head and a female magistrate regarding what he called the arrest and alleged torture of intimate associates who faces sedition charges urged the military’s lower ranks to defy the orders of the superiors.

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