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Egypt: Court temporarily bans YouTube over "Innocence of Muslims" trailer

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10 February 2013

Egypt court bans YouTube over Innocence of Muslims trailer

Author: Patrick Kingsley, Guardian [UK]

YouTube has been temporarily banned in Egypt for carrying an anti-Islamic documentary that triggered deadly riots across north Africa and the Middle East in September... Judge Hassouna Tawfiq ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website for 30 days after the trailer for Innocence of Muslims sparked outrage. The ban had not been enacted...and a Google spokesperson said the company, which owns YouTube, had not yet been served with any order. But five years after a request for a similar ban was thrown out by an Egyptian court, this week's putative YouTube ban has been seen as a regressive step.

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10 February 2013

Egypt’s YouTube Ban Undermines Transition to Democracy

Author: Human Rights First

"At times of political uncertainty, freedom of speech and Internet freedom in particular come under pressure,” [Neil] Hicks [of Human Rights First] said. “Internet and communications technology companies that operate in countries like Egypt should be prepared for this unpredictable, but ever present, threat. They have a strong interest in building a constituency of stakeholders, including users and businesses that depend on their services, in order to be able to push back against selective over enforcement and abusive new legislation such as the expansion of laws against blasphemy or offending religion or religious symbols.”

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