Pakistan blocks over 700 anti-Islam YouTube links by abiss56


									  Pakistan blocks over 700
  anti-Islam YouTube links
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has blocked over 700 links to an
anti-Islam film on YouTube that has triggered anti-US
protests across the Muslim world, including Pakistan,
officials said.

The decision was taken after the Supreme Court issued
orders to the state-owned Pakistan Telecommunication
Authority (PTA) to block links to the movie, reported

Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry directed the
PTA to take down all sacrilegious material that disrespects
Islam or Prophet Mohammad in any way. He asked the
PTA chief to submit a report about the action he will take
following the directives.

The PTA director general told the apex court that almost
100 new clips of the anti-Islam film proliferated on
YouTube every day.

He said that the PTA had written a letter to YouTube,
requesting the removal of such clips, but the video-sharing
website replied that it does not have any such agreement
with the government of Pakistan.
Justice Chaudhry directed the Pakistan Electronic Media
Regularity Authority to set up "standards of modesty" and
submit a reply in this regard within two weeks.

The government earlier had claimed that the PTA and the
information technology ministry had blocked 122
anti-Islamic websites over the past few days.

The authorities had also told the public that any
blasphemous material that comes to their attention must
be reported immediately to the PTA through phone or

The government clarified that it was not blocking popular
websites YouTube and Facebook, but only anti-Islamic
material would be blocked. Officials say that obscene
material will be blocked on case-to-case basis.

Links to the anti-Islam movie were blocked amid series of
protests across Pakistan over the past few days. One
person was killed and dozens were injured in clashes
between the police and protestors in Karachi Sunday after
the demonstrators pelted stones at the US consulate in
the city.

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