Egypt blocks YouTube

A Cairo court has ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for a month for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world, reports Al Jazeera.imgres-1

“Judge Hassouna Tawfiq ordered on Saturday Youtube’s suspension in the country over the film, which he described as “offensive to Islam and the Prophet (Muhammad)”. Tawfiq made the ruling in the Egyptian capital where the first protests against the film erupted last September before spreading to more than 20 countries, leading to the deaths of more than 50 people.

“YouTube’s parent company, Google, declined requests to remove the video from the website last year, but restricted access to it in certain countries, including Egypt, Libya and Indonesia, because it says the video broke laws in those countries. At the height of the protests in September, YouTube was ordered blocked in several countries, including Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah issued an order blocking all websites with access to the anti-Islam film in the kingdom.

Mohammed Hamid Salim, a lawyer who filed the lawsuit in Cairo, alleged the film constitutes a threat to Egypt’s security, adding that YouTube refused to remove the film despite its offensive content. Protesters in Cairo scaled the US Embassy’s walls and brought down the US flag in the first demonstration against the film last year. Also last year, an Egyptian court convicted in absentia seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to the anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world

More at: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/02/201329152030960569.html

3 Replies to “Egypt blocks YouTube”

  1. I cannot unestdrand why there are so many people who operate on a knee-jerk reactionary level. Armstrong and Getty simply point out the obvious in everyday life. In Toronto, Ontario Canada, the Lords Prayer has been removed from the school system due to the potentially offensive or non-inclusive perception that other religions may derive from its reading. yet there are two (2) Islamic prayer rooms in each school to make these students feel more at home. Just as heard many times before, Mainstream Islam (those who hold the headlines today) is not inclusive, tolerant or enlightened. They say schooling is the true path to an enlightened population, yet these Islamic figureheads today, want to shut the school system down.This should be the first indicator that there are problems on the horizon and the multicultural crowd and there belief system will be the downfall of the west. Clearchannel .your management are cowards in the truest sense of the word. Don’t let free speech be challenged and beaten down under the banner of tolerance. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

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