Youtube Banned in Pakistan
A new plan to hurt and irritate the Muslims has emerged. No logical reasoning and and number of protests will impress the enemies of Islam as they will continue to stand by the offender. We have seen this happen in the past when those insulting cartoons were printed. The government of Pakistan took the right step and blocked YouTube and other media sites until they will remove the controversial clip which has led to protests all around the globe.
ISLAMABAD (17th September 2012): Pakistan’s Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has ordered immediate shutdown of video-sharing website YouTube in the aftermath of protests against anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” which is still available on the website, Dawn News reported on Monday.
In a directive issued to the Ministry of Information Technology, the PM stated that the decision was taken after YouTube decided against removing the film and the shutdown will remain effective until the website removes all content from the sacrilegious film.
At the filing of this report (2045PST) the website still remained accessible in Pakistan.
Protests against the film have broken out all across the Muslim world and have spread over Pakistan in the last few days, with one person being killed in violent protests on Monday.
While YouTube has not removed the controversial clip, it has blocked access to it in countries where violent protests have remained unabated. These include Libya, Egypt and most recently, India and Indonesia. YouTube cited “the very sensitive situations” in those two countries.
In its Friday statement, YouTube said that outside of Libya, Egypt, India and Indonesia, the video will remain on its website.
“We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions,” the YouTube statement said.
“This can be a challenge because what’s OK in one country can be offensive elsewhere. This video – which is widely available on the web – is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube. However, we’ve restricted access to it in countries where it is illegal such as India and Indonesia as well as in Libya and Egypt, given the very sensitive situations in these two countries. This approach is entirely consistent with principles we first laid out in 2007.” Dawn News.
Earlier in the morning today Chief Justice of Pakistan had ordered PTA to make all copies of blasphemous videos unavailable to Pakistani internet users. However, due to fast replication of video on YouTube, the anti-Islam video was still available on the website.
A statement issued by PTA in the evening said that Authority has been vigorously monitoring and blocking the Anti-Islamic video placed on worldwide web.
According to a statement issued by the PTA, 750-800 links of the anti-Islam film had already been blocked after several complaints were received.