Pakistan Says YouTube Banned Until ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Video is Removed

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Several months after the “Innocence of Muslims” YouTube video that enraged Muslims around the world went viral, Pakistan is still planning to keep its ban on the video-sharing website until they remove the video.

The Express Tribune of Pakistan reports that YouTube has been in talks with the Pakistani government about reopening access of the video-sharing site to its citizens, with one official suggesting that YouTube merely block the video in question in Pakistan.

“Innocence of Muslims” was the 13-minute brainchild of convicted felon Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and depicts Muslims and the prophet Muhammed as blood-thirsty child molesters. Muslims worldwide were enraged the video’s violation of Islamic law forbidding the depiction of the prophet’s image.

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Pakistan had lifted the ban for a few days late last year after Pakistani Shahaid Nazir became a viral sensation with his song “One Pound Fish,” but after authorities found out that “Innocence of Muslims” was still on YouTube, they quickly cut off access to the site again.

Besides Pakistan, YouTube is also banned in China, Iran and Turkmenistan. Other countries with Muslim-majority populations like Egypt and Libya also temporarily banned access to YouTube after “Innocence of Muslims” went viral.

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