DHAKA - Bangladesh on Wednesday lifted a ban on video-sharing site YouTube which has been blocked since September after an online anti-Islam movie spawned violent protests across the Muslim world.

The amateur video that denigrated the Prophet Mohammad, billed as a film trailer and made in California with private funding, provoked a wave of anti-American unrest in dozens of Muslim countries in September.

"The ban has been lifted as it was hurting thousands of people who use YouTube for good purposes such as educational or research," said Sunil Kanti Bose, head of Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory body.

For most Muslims, any portrayal of the Prophet is considered blasphemous.

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June 6, 2013 11:07 am

Hope Nawaz Sharif opens YouTube :-(

June 6, 2013 1:21 pm

Now there is no Rehman Malik it might get open by present government

June 7, 2013 3:56 pm

Its time to open YT (youtube) in Pakistan, even though my country fellows will not get most out of YT due to continuous long load shedding.

June 7, 2013 11:07 pm

Two quotes come to mind...

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. [Benjamin Franklin]

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. [Marcus Aurelius]

What did pakistan/bangladesh achieve by banning youtube?

June 8, 2013 12:03 pm

@Haris: U-tube is very dangerous for our Muslim Society. Why are you interested to open it????

June 8, 2013 3:34 pm

@Haris: ameen

June 8, 2013 8:32 pm


June 8, 2013 8:33 pm

@Haris: Cannot suppress the free expression. It is a God given right.

Anwar kamal
June 11, 2013 6:30 am

It is little bit late but correct decision.

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