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Afghanistan bans YouTube to prevent viewing of anti-Muslim film

Published on Sep 12, 2012 9:23 PM
Palestinians burn a United States (US) flag during a protest against what they said was a film made in the US that was insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, in front of the United Nations headquarters in Gaza City on Sept 12, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan banned the website, YouTube, on Wednesday so Afghans would not be able to watch a film that insults the Prophet Mohammad. Made in the United States (US) the film has sparked protests in Egypt and Libya and the killing of the US ambassador to Libya, the Ministry of Communications said.

"We have been told to shut down YouTube to the Afghan public until the video is taken down," Mr Aimal Marjan, general director of Information Technology at the ministry, told Reuters.

In the past, material and actions deemed insulting to Islam have sparked deadly riots in Afghanistan.