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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Egypt blocks YouTube

Egypt has decided to punish YouTube for showing Innocence of Muslims by blocking its service... for a month.
An Egyptian court ordered the suspension of online video service YouTube for a month on Saturday for broadcasting a film insulting the Prophet Mohammad, state media reported.
The country's administrative court ordered the ministries of communication and investment to block YouTube, owned by Google , inside Egypt because it had carried the film Innocence of Muslims, said state news agency MENA.


Egypt's National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority said it would abide by the ruling as soon as it received a copy of the verdict.
Maha Abouelenein, a Google spokeswoman in Cairo, said the company had yet to receive any formal notification of the ruling.
I could quip 'what took them so long,' but in Egypt the problem is that the Morsi government can now beat up protesters for a month without worrying about it showing up on YouTube.

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