(Reuters) - An Egyptian court ordered the suspension of online video service YouTube for a month on Saturday for broadcasting a film insulting the Prophet Mohammad, state media reported.
The country's administrative court ordered the ministries of communication and investment to block YouTube, owned by Google, inside Egypt because it had carried the film "Innocence of Muslims," said state news agency MENA.
The 13-minute video, billed as a film trailer and made in the United States, provoked a torrent 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.
The court said it was ruling on a case brought about the film several months ago, without going into further detail.
YouTube had "insisted on broadcasting the film insulting Islam and the Prophet, disrespecting the beliefs of millions of Egyptians and disregarding the anger of all Muslims" the court said, according to MENA. (Continue Reading.)
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Egyptian Government Suspends YouTube over Muhammad Film
According to an Egyptian court, YouTube must be punished for broadcasting "Innocence of Muslims." The court is apparently convinced that online video hosting sites must give special status to Islam. That is, when a video criticizing Christianity, or Judaism, or Atheism is posted, YouTube should allow the criticism. But when someone posts a video critical of Muhamamad, YouTube should respond, "We're sorry, but we cannot broadcast material that may be offensive to the Holy Prophet Muhammad." Gotta love the Arab Spring.