presumably because of a Pakistan Supreme Court order requiring "[the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority] and other concerned organs of state to take all possible measures for blocking internet web-sites exhibiting the blasphemous caricatures." The source that reports on the blogspot blocking writes:

Update: The block is at the ISP level. Not all internet traffic is routed through the Pakistan Internet Exchange, so the govt. must have ordered local ISP's to block certain websites. All the major ISP's in Pakistan are blocking weblogs hosted at

I say "presumably" because the sources I cite report as fact only (1) the blocking of blogspot, and (2) the Pakistan Supreme Court order; the remainder, as best I can tell, is still inference, though regrettably plausible inference.

Thanks to Manan Ahmend (Cliopatria) and InstaPundit for the pointer.

Joshua (www):
And to think that after all the time and effort I spent to launch my new blogspot blog, now all those poor souls in Pakistan won't get a chance to read it.

3.3.2006 5:10pm
Not to worry, President Musharraf is a strong ally in this war on terror.
3.3.2006 5:34pm
Doc (mail):
They're blocked in China too, but that's nothing new. I don't know if it's at the ISP level or what, just that I can't get there from here.
3.3.2006 6:12pm
Now they won't get to hear the latest Atrios rant or find out what X 45-year-old in bathrobe had for lunch yesterday. The terrorists have truly won.
3.3.2006 6:29pm
B. B.:
Man, so they're deprived of this comedy gold?
3.3.2006 6:30pm
Wintermute (www):
Someone forwarded me a link to a mirrored site with libraries of Persian depictions of Mohammed, the cartoons, and several others of similar interest. I updated my Graven Images post with it. That's probably what triggered this move ;-)
3.3.2006 7:05pm
Anomolous (mail) (www):
This is off topic, but since Dr. Volokh has blogged before on Gitmo detainees, I thought this item by Professor Bainbridge was interesting...

Who are the Guantanamo Detainees

  • Fifty-five percent (55%) of the detainees are not determined to have committed any hostile acts against the United States or its coalition allies.

  • Only 8% of the detainees were characterized as al Qaeda fighters

  • Only 5% of the detainees were captured by United States forces.

ISTR that there was much debate about whether these non-combatants had any rights at all, since presumably, they were captured out of uniform on the battle field.
3.3.2006 10:35pm
Cynicus Prime (mail) (www):
Well no wonder I don't get any hits on my site...
3.3.2006 11:13pm
Gary McGath (www):
It's all my fault? I'm sorry.
3.4.2006 9:09am