Sudan blocks YouTube over Prophet film

Khartoum - Sudan has blocked access to internet video-sharing site YouTube over the anti-Islam film that has triggered outrage and deadly unrest across the globe, the head of the telecommunications authority told AFP on Wednesday.

Ezzeddin Kamel told AFP that the national telecommunications commission imposed the YouTube ban from Sunday after Google failed to respond to requests to deny access to the low-budget film mocking Islam.

"We had to block the site. At first we tried to block access to the film itself but we were unable to do so... after each attempt more links to it were available," he said.

Kamel said that the Sudanese telecoms authorities sent a request to Google on Saturday to remove the trailer for the film, but had received no reply.

"The ban on YouTube will remain in force until the trailer is removed," Kamel said.

The video Innocence of Muslims was produced in the United States and triggered a wave of deadly anti-American violence and protests across Muslim nations.

At least 30 people have been killed in unrest connected to the movie in more than 20 countries.

Two protesters were killed in Sudan on Friday as around 5 000 furious demonstrators attacked the embassies of Britain, the United States and Germany, setting Berlin's mission ablaze.

Muslim countries block access

Among the first to be killed in violence linked to the film were US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans in an attack on 11 September on the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia threatened to block access to YouTube unless Google agrees to block all links carrying the film.

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh have all blocked access to YouTube after it failed to take down the initially obscure film, believed to have been produced by a small group of extremist Christians in the United States.

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen have ordered access blocked access to all websites carrying the video.

Google has denied access to the video in Malaysia, Indonesia, Libya, Egypt and India.

And Russia's communications minister on Tuesday warned that his country could follow suit.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
With Faf de Klerk out injured, who should start at scrumhalf for the Springboks against Wales on 6 November?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Herschel Jantjies
35% - 1173 votes
Cobus Reinach
61% - 2066 votes
Grant Williams
4% - 122 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.85
+0.1%
Rand - Pound
20.44
+0.0%
Rand - Euro
17.21
+0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.15
-0.2%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.0%
Gold
1,789.36
-0.2%
Silver
24.04
-0.5%
Palladium
2,010.81
+0.0%
Platinum
1,026.01
-0.5%
Brent Crude
86.40
+0.5%
Top 40
61,025
0.0%
All Share
67,615
0.0%
Resource 10
63,620
0.0%
Industrial 25
87,147
0.0%
Financial 15
14,027
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE