Afghanistan Bans YouTube Over Mohammed Video
Filmmaker goes into hiding in wake of embassy attack
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 12, 2012 9:53 AM CDT
A screenshot from the YouTube video that has enraged the Muslim world.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – The Afghan government has reportedly censored YouTube to prevent anyone from watching the anti-Muslim film that inspired violent mobs in Libya and Egypt, leading to the death of the US ambassador to Libya. "We have been told to shut down YouTube to the Afghan public until the video is taken down," a Ministry of Communications official tells Reuters. Other developments related to the film:

  • Sam Bacile, the California-based Israeli filmmaker responsible for the movie, has gone into hiding, the AAP reports. But he's not apologizing for the offensive video. "This is a political movie," he said. "Islam is a cancer, period." He blamed the ambassador's death on embassy security, which he said was "no good."
  • The film, titled Innocence of Muslims, looks incredibly low budget, but Bacile says it cost $5 million to shoot, and was funded by more than 100 Jewish donors. A consultant on it says they're not surprised by the reaction. "We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen."
  • Protests over the movie are still spreading; in Gaza today, protesters burned flags and chanted "death to America," the AP reports.
  • The always-tactful New York Post probably captured many Americans' feelings on the fracas with its front-page headline today: "It's Just a Stupid Movie!"

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Afghanistan Bans YouTube Over Mohammed Video is...
46%
20%
4%
11%
8%
11%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 47 comments
MDD
Sep 13, 2012 4:09 AM CDT
Bring in the Drones time to Kill more Muslims!!! Be sure to get video...
MichaelF
Sep 13, 2012 3:51 AM CDT
Wow, what a bunch of hateful fu*ks you horrible anti muslim and anti jewish assholes are. As it turns out, the guy is not Jewish, he is christian. You liberals with your new blame the jews for everything attitude are as bad as the rightwing anti Muslim asses. Sane rational people are sick of your lazy extremist minds, so just go fuc* yourselves at a clan rally and shut the fuc* up already. Oh, and Newser, print a fuc*ing retraction you miserable pick and choose the news'ers. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/09/muhammad-film-consultant-sam-bacile-is-not-israeli-and-not-a-real-name/262290/
MichaelF
Sep 13, 2012 3:37 AM CDT
Nice to see