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Egypt court bans YouTube for a month
A court orders the Egyptian government to ban all websites that published the controversial anti-Islam film for a period of one month, including the popular video sharing portal, YouTube
Ahram Online, Saturday 9 Feb 2013
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Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo September 11, 2012(Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s administrative court on Saturday ordered the ban of YouTube in the country for a month for not removing the controversial anti-Islam film, The Innocence of Islam.

The court’s verdict also applies to any website that aided in the sharing of the 13-minute film.

The lawsuit was filed in September by Egyptian attorney Hamed Salem amid rage and protests across the Muslim world where hundreds were injured in Egypt after a film mocking the prophet Mohamed was shared on social networks.

In his filing, Salem presses for Egypt’s prime minister; minister of information; communications and information technology and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to ban YouTube and social media sites until they remove all anti-Islam content.

Salem charges that such films were created to distort the image of religion and the prophet in children’s minds.

"If we don't stop these videos, they will only appear with increasing frequency," Salem told Ahram Online in September, condemning YouTube for allowing the film while "they don't allow any videos insulting to Jews."

Protests against the film had turned violent in some countries leaving at least 70 dead, including US ambassador in Libya Christopher Stevens.

On 29 January, an Egyptian court slapped seven alleged makers of the film with death sentences and American Pastor Terry Jones a five-year jail term in absentia.

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

In Pakistan where there at at least 31 million internet user, YouTube was blocked by orders of the Prime Minister Rava Pershez Ashraf since September after YouTube refused to withdraw the film which the government considered 'Blasphemous'.





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mark
13-02-2013 04:29pm
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Wasn't the government supposed to filter Porn sites?I "researched" and they work fine ;) anyway how much will it cost to ban YouTube? And how many lawsuits will be filed by companies that will loose their advertising
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Jeff Kuryk
10-02-2013 06:53pm
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YouTube Ban - Real Reason
The real reason the court banned YouTube was the video, "Bikinis and Burqas: Narrowing the Gap."
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expat
10-02-2013 08:55am
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real world?
funny actions,this country seems to have no other problems on hand.....censorship is widespread throughout the middle east in order to protect their religion,on the other hand you see so much hate speeches from this region on their tv channels,you could go sick of it
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Aadel M Al-Mahdy
09-02-2013 11:01pm
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YouTube
Why not. Israel does the same, and many anti-israel videos have been removed or not allowed for comments. YouTube belongs to google which is controlled if not owned by Jews.
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medo
09-02-2013 07:30pm
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why?
I will follow this with the up most interest.... I look forward to seeing how and when this ban will take place, i would think that in this day and age... seeing all the problems that we face, the money being spent on this ban could be spent to provide clean running water for an area that does not have it. I think that is why so many people are protesting these days... so many priorities are in the wrong order. What is served from banning Youtube? Does anyone think Youtube is bothered? Anyone having even the minimum computer knowledge can get around this ban!
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Cairo Expat
09-02-2013 06:33pm
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Must we rehash the whole thing?
What a ridiculous ruling - seriously, who actually wants to watch a stupid low budget movie which was overdubbed by some agent provocateur - I never watched it and never will. So why must we collectively punish ALL by blocking youtube for a month? This ruling will now rehash the whole thing, maybe cause some to watch the movie AND you give protesters ANOTHER reason to go out on the street and start clashes. It's even on western MSM, it doesn't look good on Egypt. Isn't it enough already? Take the high road and forget about it, concentrate on more important things.
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Modern_Humaniora
09-02-2013 04:53pm
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Make no bones about it!
By the Arab Spring two millennia of [sting] has come to an end. The psychological Picture is crystal clear. Make no bones [NSF etc.] about it!
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Egyptian
09-02-2013 03:30pm
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It won't go through.
This court order will never be enforced in reality and will be repealed shortly. All it will do is humiliate and stain Egypt's image internationally. Thanks a lot, Morsi.
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Joe
09-02-2013 01:20pm
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cock eyed solution!
What these lawyers SHOULD be doing is BANNING!!! all the Wahabi Salafist Clerics on TV calling for the murder of everyone and calling them infidels!! They are a greater danger to human life and morals than a stupid badly acted anti Islam movie that no one even watched!!!! There are millions of Egyptians listening to the rantings of Wahabi madmen on TV channels every day in Egypt! Time to arrest these nut cases and ban their channels !
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