[ View the story "Viral video reignites fight to end Pakistan's YouTube ban" on Storify] Viral video reignites fight to end Pakistan's YouTube ban Pakistani activists and musicians continue movement against online censorship.
The Stream· Thu, Feb 27 2014 13:48:12 NOTE: Video contains strong language
#KholoBC - ALI GUL PIR x ADIL OMARshahbazshigri
The video's creators uploaded the video to YouTube through a proxy server. It was also shared on
Unfortunately Facebook doesn't count video views, but according to insights, #KholoBC has reached 647,521 people on Facebook so far, with over 125,000 active clicks - 14k hits on Vimeo and 5k on YouTube, making it the most viral video in Pakistan so far this week. Let's not stop there. We could make a difference. Keep pushing the video and keep using the #KholoBC hash-tag. State censorship should be fought, and to all in opposition of #KholoBC, or in favor of the YouTube ban, do us a favor and stay the f*ck off YouTube when it's finally opened.
Ali Gul Pir
spoke to The Stream about the video's message, their experience making it, and how Pakistanis reacted.
Ali Gul Pir speaks to The Stream about #KholoBCGkwyM2Li85OsEyylAGgkUA
Adil Omar speaks to The Stream about #KholoBCGkwyM2Li85OsEyylAGgkUA
YouTube has been
in Pakistan since September 2012, when a controversial anti-Islam video "Innocence of Muslims" sparked protests around the world. On Wednesday, after a US court
Google to remove the video from YouTube, many Pakistanis online said the government has no more excuses to maintain the ban.
The government will soon have to explain its stance on blocking public access to YouTube. The Lahore High Court recently
Minister of Information Technology Anushay Rehman to present its case.
#AnushaRehman has been summoned by #LHC to explain the blocking of #Youtube in #Pakistan, Lets hope the issue gets resolved #KholoBCUmair Aziz
Pakistan for All
their campaign last year with a video of a YouTube mascot wandering around Karachi asking people for hugs and support against the ban.
Hugs for YouTube! #KholoBCZiad Zafar
In the lead up to #KholoBC's online release,
Pakistan for All
shared images from the video, poking fun at local media and proxy servers many Pakistanis use to access YouTube.
Pakistan for All
The best thing about this video, amongst so many others, is the fake news ticker.
Many are now using
on social media to join the conversation.
Fight state censorship #KholoBC #YoutubeRushna khan
Removing #access to #YouTube was the modern equivalent of taking away the scholar’s pen. #KholoBCShameel Faraz
Feisty cheeky Anthem against Govt. Censorship is out. #PakistanForAll #KholoBC
v @MJibranNasir #Pakistan #Youtubebeena sarwar
Courts have issued Youtube a notice to remove the Anti-Muslim video. Pakistan lift the ban on youtube already!#KholoBCSara Khan
_Now_ can we have YouTube back? "Innocence of Muslims" ordered off the site (over copyright) by US court:
Since the defamatory Film is being taken down. Will the ban be lifted from #YouTube soon?. Thia was the bone of contention, right? #KholoBCSheerin Jafri
If YouTube removes blasphemous video then Pak Govt might use the excuse of poor #KatyPerry's video not to lift ban on yout tube #KholoBC.Punjabi Baba
Many thanks to Stream community member
for suggesting this story.
@AJStream I'm following the hashtag #KholoBC - a protest by Pakistan for not opening Youtube!Ali Rizvi