Pakistan and Bangladesh block YouTube over movie trailer

18 Sep 2012

Pakistan and Bangladesh have blocked video-sharing site YouTube in their countries after YouTube’s parent company, internet search giant Google, failed to pull a movie trailer that mocks the Prophet Muhammad.

Pakistani networks blocked YouTube in the country late Monday after Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf ordered the site be blocked after Google denied a government request to pull the trailer.

Bangladesh blocked YouTube after it said Google did not respond to its request, PC World Magazine reports a spokesman for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission as having said.

“Once the offensive video is removed or blocked, we will restore the YouTube site in our country,” he said.

So far, Google has blocked the trailer in Egypt and Libya, following violence in the countries, and in India and Indonesia, where the video broke laws, Google said. The video has also been blocked in Malaysia.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic