Egypt Court Bans YouTube for Month Over Islamic Video

But ruling might be impossible to enforce
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2013 1:00 PM CST
Bangladeshi Muslims participate in a protest against the video last September.   (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

(Newser) – An Egyptian judge has ordered the government to block YouTube for a month over the anti-Islamic video that showed up last year and caused deadly riots, reports AP. The judge called the Innocence of Muslims "offensive to Islam," but it's unclear whether the government would be able, or willing, to enforce the penalty. YouTube parent Google has yet to comment.

"This verdict shows that judges' understanding of technology is weak," says a human rights lawyer in the country. "The judges do not realize that one wrong post on a website does not mean you have to block the entire website." Another court last year sentenced seven of the film's promoters to death, but that, too, looks impossible to enforce given that all live outside the country.

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