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Bangladesh lifts ban on YouTube, blocked after anti-Islam film

Published Jun 05, 2013 08:22pm


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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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Haris Jun 06, 2013 11:07am

Hope Nawaz Sharif opens YouTube :-(

Shahid Jun 06, 2013 01:21pm

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

janan Jun 07, 2013 03:56pm

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.

Gary Jun 07, 2013 11:07pm

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?

KhanChengezKhan Jun 08, 2013 12:03pm

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

roshinamaryam Jun 08, 2013 03:34pm

@Haris: ameen

sachal Jun 08, 2013 08:32pm


sachal Jun 08, 2013 08:33pm

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

Anwar kamal Jun 11, 2013 06:30am

It is little bit late but correct decision.