25 Feb 2008

Pakistan blocks YouTube over 'blasphemous' content

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) [official website] has ordered the country's 70 Internet service providers to block access to popular video-sharing website YouTube [corporate website] because of "blasphemous content, videos and documents" posted on the site, a government official confirmed Sunday. The order, issued by the director of the PTA on Friday, claimed the ratio of "non-Islamic objectionable video[s]" has increased on the website and instructed providers to block the site until further notice. Local media has cited different reasons for the government ban, ranging from controversial depictions of the Prophet Mohammed to promotional materials for an upcoming film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders. A PTA official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told AP on Sunday that the ban was a direct response to a movie trailer [video] posted on the website for Wilders' film, "Forbidden," which depicts Islam in a highly negative light.

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"The terrorist Geert Wilders is also responsible for this action as he is also trying to incite clash of civilizations by making defamatory videos. People like Geert should be tried in coursts and punished for their actions in public. These are the true terrorist and more dangerous then people like Osama." Pakistan - The Land of Pure