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    PM directs IT Ministry Department to block Youtube

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has directed the IT Ministry Department to immediately block Youtube in All Areas of Pakistan.

    "Blasphemous content will not be accepted at any cost," Prime Minister Ashraf said.

    Prime Minister Ashraf ordered the IT Ministry to block Youtube because video-sharing website failed to remove the anti-Islam film.

    Earlier the Supreme Court had ordered the PTA to block links to all blasphemous content including those on Youtube to the anti-Islam film.

    In response the PTA said it had directed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) throughout the country to block links of the anti-Islam film.

    According to a statement issued by the PTA, 750-800 links of the anti-Islam film had already been blocked after several complaints were received. [thenews.com]

    All the ISPs have been given the final notice to take the action on immediate basis.

    Attempts to access YouTube met with a message saying the website had been classed as containing "indecent material" and was blocked on the orders of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA).
    According to a statement issued by the PTA, around 700 links of the anti-Islam film had already been blocked after several complaints were received. "Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has proactively blocked and vigorously preventing all access to anti-Islamic video placed on worldwide web via YouTube with the name of Innocence of Muslims," the statement said.

    Rallies across Pakistan over the film intensified today, with thousands taking to the streets, burning US flags and an effigy of President Barack Obama. (Read more)

    About 800 people demonstrated in the north-western town of Warai, in Upper Dir district, setting fire to a magistrate's house and the local press club before a protester was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.

    Another demonstrator died after being shot in the head during clashes with police near the US consulate in Karachi on Sunday.

    Up to 3,000 university students, teachers and employees marched in Peshawar, the main city of the militant-plagued northwest, chanting anti-US slogans and demanding a ban on the "Innocence of Muslims" movie.

    The low-budget film, thought to have been produced by a small group of Christian extremists in the United States, has sparked violent anti-American protests across the Islamic world.

    Last week, riots erupted over the film in Libya, where a mob stormed the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday, killing US ambassador Christopher Stevens and several other staff members. [ndtv.com]
    Last edited by Naveed A Lodhi; 09-17-2012 at 06:55 PM.

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