JNN 13 Sept 2012 Karachi : After protests erupted across the Middle East and Afghanistan blocked video sharing website and social media network YouTube, the site took off “Innocence of Muslims”, a film that claims to take a satirical view of Muslims and Islam.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) officials confirmed that they had received information about the video and had received directions from the Ministry of Information Technology on Wednesday afternoon to block the video.
“We started blocking the video within 10 minutes of receiving instructions from the ministry [of information technology],” a senior official at the PTA, who did not wish to be named, told The Express Tribune.
Explaining the action further, he said that operators were proactively working to block the offending video “wherever it appears” on the Internet.
Meanwhile, the foreign ministry condemned the airing of the video clip in the US, saying it maligned the ‘revered and pious personality of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)’ on the eve of the anniversary of 9/11 attacks.
“Such abominable actions, synchronised with commemoration of atrocious events like 9/11, provoke hatred, discord and enmity within societies and between peoples of various faiths,” said a statement issued by the foreign ministry.
Hundreds of protesters had stormed the US embassy in Cairo on Wednesday to protest news that a 13 minute clip of the two hour film, by Californian filmmaker Sam Bacile, would be screened at a church in Florida along with being streamed live on their website.
On Wednesday, the US ambassador to Libya and three other US embassy staff members were killed when infuriated protesters attacked the US embassy in Benghazi.
The film, made in 2011, was partly available on YouTube with short 90 second-long trailers and an 11 minute clip from the film. YouTube removed the longer version and a message now greets viewers reading: “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content.”
The Afghan government on Wednesday banned YouTube from the country for the first time to prevent people from watching the anti-Islam film.
“Following instructions by the ministry of information and culture, the ministry of communication has ordered all service providers to block YouTube access,” communications ministry official Aimal Marjan told AFP.
He said the block had been ordered “until YouTube removes this abusive film”.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood called for nationwide protests Friday against the film.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, condemned the film which it described as “a racist crime and a failed attempt to provoke sectarian strife between the two elements of the nation: Muslims and Christians.”
US – Israeli Film Maker Traced and Tracked
A film at the center of anti-US protests in the Middle East which have precipitated in the murder of a diplomat was made by an Israeli-American, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
The movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” was directed and produced by Sam Bacile, a 52-year-old real-estate developer from southern California.
“Islam is a cancer,” Bacile had told the newspaper of his crudely-produced film, which depicts the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
He was speaking after protesters tore down the US flag at America’s Cairo embassy in protest at the film, which earlier was said to have been produced by expatriate members of Egypt’s Christian minority resident in the United States.
An armed mob also attacked the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi and set fire to the building, killing the American ambassador there.
Bacile told the Journal he was responsible for the film — an excerpt of which has been viewable online since July — saying he had raised $5 million to make it from about 100 Jewish donors, who he declined to identify.
He said he had worked with some 60 actors and 45 crew to make the two-hour movie in a three-month period last year in California. “The movie is a political movie. It’s not a religious movie,” he said.
It is being promoted by controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones, who has drawn protests in the past for burning the Koran and vehemently opposing the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York.
Jones said he planned to show a 13-minute clip of the film Tuesday evening at his church in Gainesville, Florida.
The New York Times reported in its blog that the film excerpt had drawn little attention since being posted in July, but was picked up after a version dubbed into Arabic was put online last week.
A scene from the film — which uses very basic production techniques and stilted dialogue — was also was broadcast on the Egyptian television channel Al-Nas, it noted.
On Sunday, Egyptian Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa denounced “the actions undertaken by some extremist Copts who made a film offensive to the Prophet.”
A spokeswoman for Jones, Fran Ingram, said she could not confirm who produced the film.
“We are showing it as part of an event that we’re doing currently, it’s live streamed on our website standupamericanow.org… they’re going to show that trailer, the one that they’re angry about right now in Egypt.
“It’s a life of Mohammed. It’s kind of a satire, satirical movie,” she told AFP.
In 2010 Jones drew widespread condemnation over his aborted plan to burn a pile of Muslim holy books to mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Jones canceled his plans under pressure from world leaders, but the mere threat to burn the Quran nonetheless sparked large protests in Afghanistan.
The Protests around the Muslims have been recorded , In Sana , Yemen , the Protesters have stormed the US Embassy, in which one Protester was killed , while others injured.
Egyptians have also Held large Protest rallies , and have Protested infront of the US Embassy , and have tried to break in but the forces resisted .
Iranians have also taken out rallies and Protested against the film , and have called that the Producer should apologise from the Whole Muslim world , At the same time Hezbollah have also condemned the Movie , and have asked for Banning the Movie World Wide.
The Protest rallies were also taken out in Afghanistan , where it was highly condemned and was called it a devilish Plan to Incite the Muslims .
The Pakistan Religious cum Political Parties have also condemned the same Movie, among which was Jafaria Alliance of Pakistan , while Majlis e Wahdat e Muslimeen, have called up a Press conference and deeply condemned the Movie , and have given a Plan to stage Protests around Pakistan infront of the US Diplomatic Missions in Pakistan , against the Blasphemous Movie , until its screening is banned World Wide.