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Published On: Sat, Feb 9th, 2013

Egypt court rules to block YouTube over anti-Muslim film as ‘threat to social peace’

The Egypt court ruled this week that the authorities must take measures to block access to the YouTube site for a month, after a complaint by an Egyptian who accused YouTube of being a “threat to social peace” by putting the US-made film on line.

The crudely made “Innocence of Muslims” depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a buffoon and pedophile, and sparked a wave of angry anti-American protests across the Middle East in which more than 30 people were killed.

"Muhammad" trailer is blamed for protests in Egypt and Libya screenshot/YouTube video

“Muhammad” trailer is blamed for protests in Egypt and Libya screenshot/YouTube video

There was no immediate comment on the ruling on Saturday from the government spokesman in Cairo.

YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan since December for refusing to heed Islamabad’s call to remove the controversial video.

The site simply decided to restrict access to the film for Internet users in several countries, among them Egypt, Libya, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

On January 29, a Cairo court upheld death sentences passed on seven Egyptian Coptic Christians in absentia for their involvement in making the film.

The accused, including the movie’s director, are currently living in the United States.

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