Afghanistan bans YouTube over anti-Islam film: Ministry

Published: September 12, 2012
Block had been ordered "until YouTube removes this abusive film": Official

Block had been ordered "until YouTube removes this abusive film": Official

KABUL: The Afghan government on Wednesday banned YouTube from the country for the first time to prevent people from watching an anti-Islam film which sparked a riot in Libya that killed the US ambassador and three other American diplomats.

“Following instructions by the ministry of information and culture, the ministry of communication has ordered all service providers to block YouTube access,” communications ministry official Aimal Marjan told AFP.

He said the block had been ordered “until YouTube removes this abusive film”.

The Afghan presidency earlier condemned the film as “inhuman and insulting,” calling for it not to be broadcast.

It was made by an Israeli-American, the Wall Street Journal reported.

It has been promoted by controversial US pastor Terry Jones, who has drawn protests for burning the Holy Quran and vehemently opposing the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York.

The communications ministry official said the ban may be lifted if video-sharing website YouTube bans access to the film.

“It seems YouTube has removed all searches for Prophet Mohammed. We may lift the ban soon if it is confirmed that YouTube has banned access to this trailer,” Marjan told AFP.

At least one Internet user in Kabul confirmed to AFP that he lost access to the website about an hour before the announcement was made public.

Riots in Afghanistan killed around 40 people earlier this year after US troops burnt copies of the Holy Quran on a military base.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • sam
    Sep 13, 2012 - 1:31PM

    websites should not be blocked. people use Youtube for many other purposes. blocking stops positive use of websites. People who don’t like this movie or any other movie should not watch it.


  • peace for all
    Sep 13, 2012 - 5:33PM

    Great work done by Afghan Govt. Take further steps for it must be stop in name of freedom, can west allow us same shameful Act on holocaust under the umbrella of freedom?.**


  • Arjun
    Sep 13, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Except Hamid Karzai and his ministers who else has access to Internet


  • Sep 14, 2012 - 11:19PM

    We are strongly condemed of USA anti muslim disputed film.


  • Anonymous
    Sep 16, 2012 - 1:33AM

    i appreciate Afghanistan for taking such a sweft and judicious steps towards the film .Recommend

  • haseeb hassan
    Sep 16, 2012 - 1:39AM

    i really appreciate the Governament of Apghanistan with a view to banning the anti-Islamic film.Recommend

  • haseeb hassan
    Sep 16, 2012 - 1:43AM

    i really appreciate the governament of Afghanistan with a veiw to banning anti-islamic film.Recommend

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