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Pakistan Tries to Redefine What Citizens Can and Can’t Text to Each Other

Cell phone providers were given the list on November 14 by the PTA, with a request that they agree to censor every word contained therein starting November 21. Legal justification for the request was given in the form of the 1996 Pakistan Telecommunication Act, which prohibits transmission of “false, fabricated, indecent or obscene” messages, although many were surprised to see that applied to the private transmission of text messages between two parties.

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