Pakistan blocks YouTube

Pakistan has ordered all Internet service providers to block the YouTube website for containing 'blasphemous' content and material considered offensive to Islam, officials said Sunday.

Pakistan blocks YouTube
An inter-ministerial committee has decided to block YouTube because it contained 'blasphemous content, videos and documents,' a government official said.

'The site will remain blocked till further orders,' he said.

Other officials said the site had been blocked because it contained controversial sketches of the Prophet which were republished by Danish newspapers earlier this month.

One major service provider, Micronet, said in an email to subscribers that the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority had directed all ISPs to block access to YouTube 'for containing blasphemous web content/movies.'

At least 17 Danish newspapers republished the controversial drawings.

In the latest in a series of demonstrations over the cartoons in Pakistan, activists from a Islamic organisation burned a Danish flag in the south-western Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday.

'It is a deliberate attempt to malign Islam and hurt the feelings of Muslims,' Habib Shah Kerani told the protesters from the Anjman-e-Islam (Organisation of Islam) group.

They also demanded the government close Danish missions in Islamabad and sever diplomatic relations, witnesses said.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Şubat 2008, 10:18
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