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Facebook blocks page of liberal rock band at Pakistan govt's request

Published on Jun 6, 2014 8:03 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Facebook has blocked the popular page of a liberal Pakistani rock band and others that criticise the Taleban at the request of the government, angering activists campaigning against censorship in the Islamic country.

Rock band "Laal" (Red) formed in 2007 and are known for their progressive politics.

Their Facebook page has more than 400,000 likes, with users frequently joining debates on issues ranging from feminism to the role of the country's army in politics. But it has been inaccessible to users from inside Pakistan since Wednesday.

Other pages like "Taalibansarezalimans" (The Taleban are oppressors) and "Pakistani.meem" which describes itself as pro-democracy and secularism, have similarly been blocked in recent days.

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