Bangladesh blocks YouTube over anti-Islam video

By AFP
Published: September 18, 2012

The country's telecommunications regulator blocked the website "to prevent violence and social disorder over the derogatory video", its acting chairman Giashuddin Ahmed told AFP.

DHAKA: Bangladesh has blocked YouTube after the video-sharing website failed to take down an anti-Islam film that has sparked furious protests across the Muslim world, government officials said Tuesday.

The country’s telecommunications regulator blocked the website “to prevent violence and social disorder over the derogatory video”, its acting chairman Giashuddin Ahmed told AFP.

“On Sunday we wrote to (site owner) Google to remove the video clip from YouTube. We told them that it could incite violence, but they have not done so,” he said.

“Yesterday we told our officials to block YouTube. The site has been blocked since Monday night,” he added.

Google, which has barred access to the video in Egypt, India, Indonesia, Libya and Malaysia, was not immediately available for comment.

The film entitled “Innocence of Muslims”, believed to have been produced by a small group of extremist Christians, has sparked a week of furious protests outside US embassies and other American symbols in several countries.

At least 19 people have died in protests against the film including the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans who were killed in Benghazi when the US consulate came under attack.

Protests reached Muslim-majority Bangladesh last week as thousands of Muslims belonging to Islamist groups burnt US and Israeli flags on Friday and tried to march to the US embassy before they were stopped by police.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Sep 18, 2012 - 3:15PM

    open the youtube not closeRecommend

  • Sep 18, 2012 - 5:17PM

    Good WorkRecommend

  • Nida
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Bangladesh is ahead of Pakistan in every aspect.

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  • RR
    Sep 18, 2012 - 10:46PM

    This is good action.Recommend

  • Furqan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:27PM

    you blocked a youtube so, im very happy.

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  • kiran iftikhar
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:28PM

    its very good it must be closed forever nd foreverRecommend

  • marium arif
    Sep 19, 2012 - 5:51PM

    it should b block ever n ever its a very gud for muslims….

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  • Zeeshan Ahmed Khan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:35PM

    Must be Block all kinds of web site who r against Islam &
    Last Messenger Mohammad Sal lallah ho alayhewasalam

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  • Sep 20, 2012 - 11:25PM

    Nonesense!!

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  • Sep 22, 2012 - 5:40AM

    love u muhammad (sm)

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  • Sep 22, 2012 - 5:42AM

    @Nida:
    love u bangla

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  • ayesha
    Sep 23, 2012 - 9:14PM

    good!Recommend

  • asad
    Sep 24, 2012 - 4:22PM

    open youtube
    open youtube

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  • Asad Malik
    Oct 2, 2012 - 6:49PM

    @Nida:
    Not in every aspect..The dissolution of east & West Pakistan resulted in the demise of the future global power in the region.With Pakistan still intact like its former glory that pre 1971 state we would have been on par with India in terms of technology.Now with both countries going through their paths none are what you call better. Infact Pakistan is advanced technologically as well as military wise.The hardships we are in now will wear off in the decades to come.Recommend

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