AlJazeera Website blocked for publishing Pakistan’s Bin Laden Dossier

Islamabad, July 09, 2013: Yesterday, on July 08, 2013, Bytes for All, Pakistan received several complaints from credible sources that the Internet users in Pakistan were unable to access prominent news website, Al-Jazeera. After verification and via our internal network throughout the country, we found these complaints to be true. Upon further investigation, B4A team learnt that a probable cause for the sudden blocking of this website could be the publication of a sensitive document nicknamed ‘Pakistan’s Bin Laden Dossier’. 

This critical 336 page report unveils the findings of a commission set up by the Government of Pakistan to investigate as to ”how the US was able to execute a hostile military mission, which lasted around three hours, deep inside Pakistan”, and how Pakistan’s “intelligence establishment apparently had no idea that an international fugitive of the renown or notoriety of [Osama bin Laden] was residing in [Abbottabad]“.

As per the mandate of Access Is My Right! campaign, we condemn this cowardly act of censorship of a document, access to which is a basic right of all citizens of Pakistan. 

Additionally, in solidarity with the citizens of Pakistan, AlJazeera has officially provided this report to B4A for dissemination amongst those who are interested in reading it. The whole Dossier is accessible at this link. We belive that these documents are an important part of the history of Pakistan and citizens should not be deprived of this important information. Please let us know if you face any difficulties in accessing these important documents from within the country.

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