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Egypt bans YouTube for a month over 2012 Prophet Muhammad video


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An appeal against the ban had been going on for years

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Since its inception over a decade ago, a number of countries have placed temporary bans on YouTube, usually due to objections over certain content. Joining this list is Egypt, which is about to block the video streaming site for a month—a punishment for showing the controversial 2012 video “The Innocence of Muslims.”

The 14-minute clip, which a consultant said was a “trailer” for a full-length film that was only shown once at rented theatre in Hollywood, caused outrage in Arab and Muslim nations when it arrived on YouTube in 2012. The US-made video's portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad as a pedophile and buffoon resulted in anti-American protests around the world that resulted in injuries and even deaths.

Law experts said the government could not prosecute the film’s producers because of US freedom of speech laws.

In 2013, Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology was ordered to block YouTube by a lower administrative court over the video, but the case had been stuck in the appeals process ever since.

Reuters reports that the ministry said at the time such action would disrupt Google's search engine and could incur potentially huge costs and job losses in Egypt. Now, the country’s top administrative court has ordered the month-long ban.

Pakistan was another country to ban YouTube as a result of the video. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority ordered access blocked in 2012. The block wasn’t officially lifted until 2016 when YouTube launched a local version of the site. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sudan also blocked the service over YouTube’s failure to remove the clip.

Most of the video’s anti-Islamic content was dubbed over the original cast's spoken lines. Those involved with the film have disavowed it.

The Egyptian ban is considered final and cannot be appealed. The ruling states that all links to the film also be blocked. As of Saturday afternoon, YouTube was still accessible in the country’s capital city, Cairo.

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What happened to free speech?

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1 hour ago, LeeSmithG said:

What happened to free speech?

You mean entrapment  disguised as free speech  ? the government use to use so called free speech platforms that talked about religion to catch terrorist  after 911 .Well now they use encryption . The patriot act has been replaced and Google is not the Government there are  a privately owned company and they make the rules as they see fit and kiss other countries butts that complain  about free speech and they remove what they want. they are out for themselves . You dont have freedom of speech on the internet, you only have what speech a site allows on there platform . If you say something they dont like they will get rid of you or make up a rule  to get rid of you. It's just like when you go to school to pray out load  was ban many years ago in the USA . And if you cuss someone out in public you can be charged with a crime. There is no such thing as free speech ask all those protesters who went to jail because of riot laws and disturbing the peace.   :lol:

 

YouTube ban that girl who love Hitler and hate Jews, Evalion is her name and  they ban videos about guns but they cant ban Anti Islam videos. It  shows they just ban what they want. Guns are legal in the USA  , So is freedom of Religion but Google removes it  as they see fit.

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5 hours ago, steven36 said:

You mean entrapment  disguised as free speech  ? the government use to use so called free speech platforms that talked about religion to catch terrorist  after 911 .Well now they use encryption . The patriot act has been replaced and Google is not the Government there are  a privately owned company and they make the rules as they see fit and kiss other countries butts that complain  about free speech and they remove what they want. they are out for themselves . You dont have freedom of speech on the internet, you only have what speech a site allows on there platform . If you say something they dont like they will get rid of you or make up a rule  to get rid of you. It's just like when you go to school to pray out load  was ban many years ago in the USA . And if you cuss someone out in public you can be charged with a crime. There is no such thing as free speech ask all those protesters who went to jail because of riot laws and disturbing the peace.   :lol:

 

YouTube ban that girl who love Hitler and hate Jews, Evalion is her name and  they ban videos about guns but they cant ban Anti Islam videos. It  shows they just ban what they want. Guns are legal in the USA  , So is freedom of Religion but Google removes it  as they see fit.

 

Yes even in secular Britain we are being spied upon and peoples opinions can get them a lengthy jail term.

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