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Egyptian regulator appeals against court's YouTube ban

The Egyptian telecom regulator appeals against YouTube ban court order due to the difficulty in implementation and economic losses the ban entails

Reuters , Thursday 14 Feb 2013
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Egyptian authorities appealed on Thursday against a court order banning the video file-sharing site YouTube for a month over an amateur video that denigrates the Prophet Mohammad, saying the ruling was unenforceable.

"The National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority has presented an appeal to halt implementation of the verdict," said a statement from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Egypt's administrative court ordered the ministries of communication and investment to block YouTube, owned by Google , inside the country because it had carried the film "Innocence of Muslims", said the state news agency MENA.

The low-budget 13-minute video, billed as a film trailer and made in California with private funding, provoked a wave of anti-American unrest in Egypt, Libya and dozens of other Muslim countries in September.

The video depicts the Prophet as a fool and a sexual deviant. For most Muslims, any portrayal of the Prophet is considered blasphemous.

A statement issued after talks between ministry officials and the telecoms regulator said it was technically impossible to shut down YouTube in Egypt without affecting Google's Internet search engine, incurring potentially huge costs and job losses.

"The government cannot carry out the contents of the verdict within Egypt's borders," the statement said. The only step the authorities could take was to block the offending film within Egypt, which had already been done.

Only the United States had the capability to shut down YouTube, it said.

"Blocking YouTube would affect the search engine of Google, of which Egypt is the second biggest user in the Middle East," the statement said. This would cause losses to the economy of up to hundreds of millions of Egyptian pounds (tens of millions of dollars) and affect thousands of jobs, it added.

In a statement, Google said it had created a simple mechanism for legal authorities to request the blocking of content viewed as illegal.

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Seif Haridi
15-02-2013 03:34am
The order to close youtube is completely out of touch of how a modern world works today. The judge must have rather been living in the middle age. It is as if one orders the shut off of all telephony / telecom system in Egypt because some one made an inappropriate call. Leaving apart knowledge of the modern world. The ruling contradicts basic judicial principles of not harming a third party. Did the judge know that cutting off YouTube (not even speaking of google) will hurt a lot of egyptian students that are using youtube for online education.
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AlMansour Jaafar
14-02-2013 10:16pm
Islamic Government stand against Prophet's dignity just for money!!
Its clear that the Islamist of MB politicans are sell the Prophet's dignity for Dollars. And the egyptian primery court are more cearing for the Islam dignity more than MB' government.
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15-02-2013 04:34pm
Illiteracy is a bitch...
From the article: In a statement, Google said it had created a simple mechanism for legal authorities to request the blocking of content viewed as illegal.
Micha Jungerts
15-02-2013 11:34am
Much Stronger than this
Its Profets dignity of that kind that it can be toched by a realy bad c-movie? I hope for all muslims that it is much stronger.
14-02-2013 11:15pm
Have you heard of freedom of expression before? You can't ban or control everything you don't agree with. God gave everyone free will and He will be judging everyone accordingly. My suggestion is for you or anyone offended is not to watch it or even talk about it if it's not true. There's no need to defend yourself.

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