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Pakistan campaigners demand lifting of ban on YouTube

Published on Feb 27, 2014 4:26 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistani Internet campaigners said on Thursday there was no excuse for the government to maintain its ban on YouTube, after a US court ordered the removal of an anti-Islam film.

The video-sharing website has been blocked in Pakistan since September 2012 over its failure to take down the "Innocence of Muslims" movie that sparked furious protests around the world.

A US appeals court on Wednesday ordered Google, which owns YouTube, to remove the film after a lawsuit brought by an actress who says she was tricked into appearing in it.

Pakistani technology think-tank Bytes for All said that with the removal of the crude movie, regarded as highly blasphemous by many Muslims, the government had no reason to maintain the ban.

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