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Pakistan bans 'obscene' words on cell phone texts #Pakistan #texting #language #censoring

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Texters in Pakistan better start watching their language. Pakistan's telecommunications authority sent a letter ordering cell phone companies to block text messages containing what it perceives to be obscenities, Anjum Nida Rahman, a spokesman for Telenor Pakistan, said on Friday. It also sent a list of more than 1,500 English and Urdu words that were to be blocked. The order was part of the regulator's attempt to block spam messages, said Ms Rahman. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority refused to comment on the initiative. Many of the words to be blocked were sexually explicit terms or swear words, according to a copy of the list obtained by The Associated Press.

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