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Pakistan 'provisionally' unblocks access to YouTube

Published on Dec 29, 2012 6:53 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan provisionally unblocked access to the popular video-sharing website YouTube on Saturday after taking measures to filter blasphemous material and pornography, officials said.

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in September ordered the blocking of YouTube after the US-based website refused to heed the government's call to remove a controversial anti-Islam video.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Saturday notified all Internet companies to "immediately unblock/restore complete YouTube website provisionally till further orders".

Weeks of protests in Pakistan over the crudely made "Innocence of Muslims" film saw more than 20 people killed and caused serious damage in major cities.

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