The Straits Times
Published on Sep 12, 2012

Afghanistan bans YouTube to prevent viewing of anti-Muslim film


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.