The top administrative court of Egypt has ordered the authorities on Saturday to block YouTube—the video-sharing website in the country for one month. This decision has been taken after a years-long appeal procedure over a film that was denigrating Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as informed by the judicial official.
A lower court had directed YouTube blockage in the year 2013 as well after it carried the video— “Innocence of Muslims”, however, the case was appealed by Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and its ruling stayed.
The 2012 sub-standard movie ignited a wave of anger and anti-American protests broke out throughout the Middle East in which more than thirty people were killed.
Washington pursued to keep a lid on the protests by saying that the controversial movie was produced privately, and no official backing was there in the film’s support.
The United States officials said that freedom of speech laws restricted them from halting the production of the controversial material.
Presently, the ruling of Egypt’s top administrative court is final and could be appealed. However, as of Saturday afternoon, YouTube was still working in Cairo. Judicial procedures could take years in Egypt before a final verdict is given.
Saturday’s order was supposed to be put into effect on an immediate basis.
Earlier also Egypt had banned many websites owing to the critical information of the government of Egyptian President—Abdel Fattah al-Sassi.