An anti-Islam movie has sparked protests in Muslim nations as well as in some Western countries, with Egypt banning YouTube over the derogatory move.
Egypt’s supreme court ordered authorities to block video-sharing website YouTube in the country for a month, after a years-long appeals process over a film insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), a judicial official said.
The long-running case dates to 2012, when a lawsuit was filed against the prime minister and other senior officials. The legal action demanded that the video sharing website be banned in Egypt because the insulting film had been posted on it.
The 14-minute movie, which mocked the prophet Mohammed (PBUH), had sparked protests in Muslim nations as well as in some Western countries, sometimes turning violent.
A lower court had ordered the video sharing site be blocked in 2013 after it carried the video “Innocence of Muslims”, but the case was appealed by Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and its ruling was stayed.
The 2012 film sparked a wave of angry anti-American protests across the Middle East in which more than 30 people were killed.
Washington sought to keep a lid on the demonstration, which angered Muslims even further.
The ruling is considered final and cannot be appealed.