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Egyptian court orders YouTube blocked for month



Published: Sun, February 10, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

CAIRO

A Cairo court Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world.

Judge Hassouna Tawfiq ordered YouTube blocked for carrying the film, which he described as “offensive to Islam and the Prophet [Muhammad].” He made the ruling in the Egyptian capital where the first protests against the film erupted last September before spreading to more than 20 countries, killing more than 50 people.

The ruling, however, can be appealed, and based on precedent, might not be enforced. A spokeswoman for YouTube’s parent company, Google, said in a statement that the company had “received nothing from the judge or government related to this matter.”

The 14-minute trailer for the movie “Innocence of Muslims” portrays Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as a religious fraud, womanizer and pedophile. It was produced in the U.S. by an Egyptian-born Christian who’s now a U.S. citizen.


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