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[liberationtech] Examples of Communication Blackout in Conflict Zones on Independence Day

Sana Saleem sana at bolobhi.org
Tue Aug 14 02:05:03 PDT 2012


Hi,

Pakistan's Government blocked access to cellphones in parts of Baluchistan
today. We have issues a press release (Baluchistan: Access Should Not Be A
Victim To National
Security<http://bolobhi.org/press-release-public-statements/press-releases/baluchistan-access-should-not-be-a-victim-to-national-security/>),
and speaking to government reps, We are working on a post as a part of a
campaign since this is has been a yearly ritual. Was wondering if you guys
know of any other examples of states doing the same?

*Access Denied for National Security: *The authorities have taken similar
steps in other areas across Pakistan, where cellphone services have been
blocked, I understand that it is a practice governments use during riots
however in Pakistan these have been routinely deployed across
provinces/cities (Gilgit:Access Should Not Be A Victim To National
Security<http://bolobhi.org/press-release-public-statements/press-releases/gilgit-access-should-not-be-a-victim-to-national-security/>
)
*Context*: Baluchistan, one of the largest provinces in Pakistan, has
serious law and order issues due to separatist movements as a result of
years of state neglect. Naturally, such measures especially on independence
day will only provoke resentment and show state discrimination. Are there
other examples of state's using such counterproductive policies? Would be
helpful.

Best,
Sana
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