YouTube blocked for 30 days in Egypt

by christinem on February 11, 2013 - 1:32am

On Saturday the 9th of February 2013, Judge Hassouna Tawfiq announced the decision that the access to YouTube must be banned to all Egyptians for an entire month following the publication of a 14-minute video entitled "Innocence of Muslims" that insults Prophet Muhammad. According to an article written by the Associated Press and published on The CTV news website on the 9th of February 2013, this decision was taken based on Egypt's new constitution that requires the banning of any content showing disrespect towards religious messengers and prophets. Even though this decision was made clear by the judge, a spokeswoman for YouTube stated that they have not been informed by any particular decision from the Egyptian government. As an Egyptian, I believe that the banning of YouTube should not be tolerated by the Egyptian population. They must stand up for their right to have access to an official website such as YouTube. They are not the ones who published this trailer. Why should they be paying the price of a mistake someone else did? Furthermore, the access to this video is restricted by YouTube in Egypt. I think this decision is a proof that Egyptian judges are suffering from terrible lack of knowledge concerning the Internet. Banning YouTube does absolutely not mean banning the access to this video because it can be found on many other websites. It just shows some implicit abuse of power.