News ID: 111279
Published: 0951 GMT February 08, 2015

Pakistan keeps ban on YouTube over blasphemous movie

Pakistan keeps ban on YouTube over blasphemous movie

"Pakistan does not plan to lift its ban on YouTube more than two years after blocking the video-sharing website for hosting a blasphemous movie that insulted Prophet Mohammad, an official says" reported.

Pakistan Supreme Court ordered the website to be blocked in September 2012 after the US-made provocative movie, Innocence of Muslims, was uploaded on it, sparking massive protests across the Muslim world.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has since been making efforts to restore access to YouTube while blocking the sacrilegious movie. However, Pakistan’s Information Technology Minister Anusha Rehman told the parliament on Friday that the efforts have not yielded any results.

“We fear there will be protests if the YouTube is unblocked without removing the blasphemous movie,” an unnamed telecommunications official told German news agency DPA on Sunday.

In January 2015, Pakistani protesters poured into the streets again to denounce the French weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo, for the publication of a blasphemous cartoon of Prophet Mohammad.

Pakistani officials had previously tried to block online content and social networking websites over blasphemy.

Facebook was shut down for nearly two weeks in 2010 over its blasphemous pages.

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