|In 2010, in South Park's 200th episode, creators Matt Stone and|
Trey Parker satirised the censorship of Muhammad cartoons by
depicting the prophet in a bear mascot costume
Yesterday, on the second anniversary of the first "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day", the campaign once again resurfaced, with messages appearing on Twitter urging people to participate. Back in 2010, protests in Pakistan prompted judges to temporarily block Facebook in the country, and Pakistani authorities seem to have taken similar measures this time around, with Twitter being blocked for around eight hours on Sunday.
According to a report in the Washington Post, it is not clear who in the Pakistani government gave the order for the site to be blocked, but the action quickly provoked a backlash among web users, human rights activists, and even government politicians. Farahnaz Ispahani, an MP and advisor to the country's president Asif Ali Zardari, took to Twitter to register her disapproval (such bans rarely succeed in totally blocking web services), stating that "Freedom of speech is an inviolable right”, and Interior Minister Rehman Malik later told reporters that the Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, had instructed the Ministry of Information Technology to lift the ban.