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Following anti-Islam film row, lawyer files suit to block YouTube in Egypt
Lawyer Mohamed Hamed Salem takes legal action aimed at having YouTube blocked in Egypt until all anti-Islam content is removed from leading video-sharing website
Yasmine Fathi , Tuesday 18 Sep 2012
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An Egyptian lawyer filed a lawsuit on Tuesday aimed at blocking YouTube in Egypt until all anti-Islamic content is removed from the video-sharing website, which is owned by internet-services giant Google.

Appeals lawyer Mohamed Hamed Salem said he decided to file the lawsuit after YouTube featured the 13-minute film – 'The Innocence of Muslims' – that led to a wave of instability across the Muslim world last week and left two dead in Egypt.

Salem filed the lawsuit against Egypt’s prime minister; Egypt's minister of information, communications and IT; and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

"Not only has YouTube insisted on showing the original movie, but now there are at least 50 different videos showing various clips of the film," said Salem. "We need to block YouTube in Egypt because this would be a robust response, and we need a robust response so that what happened is not repeated again."

According to Salem, videos that include anti-Islamic content only serve to provoke Muslims and incite sectarian tension and violence. He asserted that the film was directed at Muslim children with the intention of distorting their image of the Muslim prophet.

"If a six-year-old Muslim child is shown this video by his friends, it will have a strong impact on him," Salem explained. "It will distort the image of Prophet Mohamed in his mind, and there will be nothing that his mother and father can do to correct that."

Salem went on to stress that if such videos continued to appear on the internet they would inevitably have a negative impact on Muslims all over the world.

"If we don't stop these videos, they will only appear with increasing frequency," Salem said.

He also dismissed recent claims that YouTube also featured hundreds of videos offensive to other religions, including Christianity and Judaism.

"These claims aren't true," he insisted. "They don't allow any videos insulting to Jews."

Earlier this week, Muslim Brotherhood member Hassan El-Brins called for a one-month boycott of Google to protest the latter's refusal to remove the offensive film from YouTube.

The Egyptian Association for Legal Development and the Ufuk Association for Development, two NGOs, both filed additional lawsuits on Tuesday aimed at blocking Google in Egypt.

Salem, however, said that blocking the California-based IT powerhouse – which purchased YouTube in 2006 –was not feasible.

"Blocking Google would be impossible to apply," he said. "Blocking YouTube, however, would be much more practicable."

Salem has previously filed several controversial lawsuits, including one that resulted in a ban on the 'Egypt Today' talk show hosted by anti-revolution figure Tawfiq Okasha. Salem has also filed a lawsuit to demand that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s two sons by stripped of their Egyptian citizenship since they also hold US nationality.





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in stone age
03-10-2012 09:23pm
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Lol That is what Mubarak did, the youth will be angry!
Who are these annoying lawyers?? can't they do something useful other thinking backwards??
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in stone age
03-10-2012 09:21pm
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Lol That is what Mubarak did, the youth will be angry!
Who are these annoying lawyers?? can't they do something useful other thinking backwards??
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ethan
19-09-2012 01:39pm
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youtube blocked in egypt?
This would be a huge step in the wrong direction. The anger is understandable, but it's also misplaced. The United States did not create the film, some idiot (former Egyptian) did. We will not move forward until we can internalize our religious beliefs and realize, "hey, if that's what others think of it, so be it, but they're wrong." and know in our hearts that our beliefs are correct. There's no sense in continuing to fight about it. This battle has gone on far too long. It makes me sad to see it. THis is not the New Egypt I had hoped for.
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um abdullah
18-09-2012 08:52pm
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Good work!
It's good that he made a lawsuit against youtube. They shouldn't be allowed to show anything that makes fun of any religion. Such behaviour (ridiculing religious figures) isn't the way of sensible adults,
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Peter
19-09-2012 12:51pm
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You mean stop access to the internet like Mubarak did? It needs, and should remain, free from censorship -that is what democracy is all about. If people are offended, they don’t have to watch it!
Peter
19-09-2012 12:51pm
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You mean stop access to the internet like Mubarak did? It needs, and should remain, free from censorship -that is what democracy is all about. If people are offended, they don’t have to watch it!
Tony
18-09-2012 10:29pm
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Yeah
Your right but this guy wants to cut youtube off completely accordingly
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Sam Boulis
18-09-2012 06:32pm
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You Tube
That lawyer Salem is absolutely a M...., if it is up to him Egypt would go back to the stone ages, the internet is a useful tool for the modern world, guys like you would steer Egypt to the bow and arrow age, let the Egyptian people decide for themselves.
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Dina
18-09-2012 06:03pm
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Who is this loser?
For a lawyer he has way too much time on his hands. Please get a life. Go do something truly worthwhile to your profession, other than these stupid lawsuits that are not going to get you anywhere.
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CairoExpat
18-09-2012 05:40pm
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stupid.
He also dismissed recent claims that YouTube also featured hundreds of videos offensive to other religions, including Christianity and Judaism."These claims aren't true," he insisted. "They don't allow any videos insulting to Jews." Wonder how he obtained his law degree!!
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Dalou
18-09-2012 10:27pm
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Stupid
Even if one listen and watches classic music and Opera, YouTube manages to introduce a link to bestiality and pornographie,one get's lost then has to re-enter from were he started. That's their monopoly.

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