Well it appears that if in Pakistan you text a phrase such as “the lamb was tough, please beat your meat better next time” will be banned in addition to other words such as “fairy,” and even “lovegun” (Kiss watch out) as these seem to be among the list of words to be banned in text messages by the Pakistani Telecommunication Authority.
As on November 14, the mobile phone operators in the country were sent the list of words along with a letter of explanation stating they have to block these words on their networks within seven days, or face the wrath of the legal system for failure. In addition the new rules also required operators to submit monthly reports on the effectiveness of the block, in other words, how many people where using those “bad words”.
Least you think it stops here, rumor (from informed sources say, there are more than 1,600 words in the list which also include indecent language, expletives, swear words (we know there are only 7 here right), and finally slang terms, which all have to be removed. So lets see, wonder if it will be a great inconvenience to subscribers if their SMS was not delivered due to their selection of the wrong choice of words as in our meat tenderizing example.
Having just written about the US high courts decision pending on the rights of the FCC to police the US air waves, I have to snicker at the idea that the list also includes such words or phrases as “roach,” “pocket pool,” “deposit,” “hershey highway,” and “honkers.” As can you just see a text which says “honey don’t forget to pick up the roach spray on the way home”? Better yet, “Bob don’t for get to make the deposit”.
While it appears in the media that officials from the Pakistani Telecommunication Authority wouldn’t comment on the ban, it also doesn’t appear to have been implemented as just yet. As it now appears that a Pakistani official has come forward to say that the texting blacklist is right now meant only for “testing” purposes. Ok, Clinton didn’t inhale nor have sexual relations either and one has to wonder if there once was a ban on texting Osama Bin Laden too and that was our issue.
Yet joking aside, this is a bigger issue then it might seem on the surface as we here in the US are moving towards eliminating Carlin’s seven words and they been basically gone in most of Europe after 10pm. You have other countries now imposing (or wishing to) books of no/no words and phrases to shape their populous thinking. As there are many words which I (personally) don’t like or find offensive, the reality is if it’s one its all and if there is one liberty which I (again personally) value above all it’s the freedom of speech…