- Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court has upheld a ruling on Saturday to ban “YouTube” for one month in Egypt after the social network had a film titled ‘Innocence of Muslims’ uploaded on its channels
- Innocence of Muslims, a 14-minute low-budget video noted for its negative depiction of Islam’s founding prophet, led to national YouTube bans in countries like Iran and Pakistan after its 2012 release
Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court ordered authorities to ban YouTube for a month Saturday; following a 2012 anti-Islamic video that disparages the prophet Mohamed, according to media reports.
Innocence of Muslims, a low-budget video noted for its negative depiction of Islam’s founding prophet, led to national YouTube bans in countries like Iran and Pakistan after its 2012 release. The 14-minute low-budget trailer, which depicted the prophet as a religious fraud and a womanizer, was produced in the US by filmmakers who were influenced by the anti-Islamic, Egyptian-born preacher Zakaria Botros Henein
The religious film is considered ‘disrespectful’ towards Muslim Prophet Mohamed.
The decision which was previously issued by an administrative court cannot be appealed following Saturday’s ruling. A similar ruling was issued in 2013 to ban YouTube; however, it wasn’t implemented citing technical difficulties. At the time, Google stated that the Egyptian government can delete the content that it believes to be inappropriate without having to ban the website altogether.
Since May 2017, an anonymous authority in Egypt has been banning hundreds of websites, including News websites, citing links to terrorism. The banning measure has received severe backlash from rights organizations including the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) and international bodies.