Pakistan has blocked access to YouTube on Internet in its country due to the controversial film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ whose clips were uploaded to the site.
YouTube remained accessible till yesterday in Pakistan but since then has been blocked over the clips of the film Innocence of Muslims, a spoof on the character of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad and the origin of Islam. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Pakistan and Bangladesh both have blocked YouTube in their countries to keep them from watching the controversial film that has caused public protests in both countries over the past week.
Bloomberg informs that Pakistan’s prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said yesterday that blasphemous material would not be tolerated and YouTube would remain blocked in the country as long as the site dos not remove the controversial video.
Digital Journal, meanwhile, reported that Saudi Arabia too has warned about blocking YouTube links to the controversial video unless Google blocks the video links. The chief cleric of Saudi Arabia is has also reportedly demanded of the United Nations to “criminalize insults against prophets”.