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Pakistan blocks YouTube

Government shuts down service for second time in response to 'Innocence' trailer

KARACHI– The Pakistan government blocked access to YouTube again Saturday, hours after it had lifted a ban on the site for carrying blasphemous material.

An English-language trailer for the anti-Islam movie “Innocence of Muslims” was posted on YouTube in July. When an Arabic translation was posted on an Egyptian website in September, violent protests were staged in many Muslim countries, including Pakistan. This led to access to YouTube being blocked in Pakistan on Sept. 17.

Regulator, the Pakistan Telecom Authority, allowed access to the site on Saturday after interior minister Rehman Malik lifted the ban, but Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf ordered access be shut down again after local television channels complained that the trailer was still accessible on the site.

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