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Access to anti-Islam film blocked in UAE

Links to film on YouTube blocked after video caused violent protests across Muslim world

Access to anti-Islam film blocked in UAE
(AFP/Getty Images)

Online access to a video whose anti-Islamic content has caused violent demonstrations across the Muslim world has been blocked in the UAE.

Attempts to watch a clip of the film 'Innocence of Muslims' were today met with messages from UAE operators Etisalat and du saying that the content was blocked as it violated the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority's (TRA) 'Internet Access Management Regulatory Policy'. The policy states that "internet content that contains material which expresses hate towards religions" must be blocked by internet service providers.

The TRA refused to comment on the matter when contacted by Arabian Business.

The film, clips of which were posted on the internet, portrays the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) in a negative light and has provoked an outcry among Muslims and triggered violent attacks on embassies across North Africa and the Middle East.

Four US officials including the ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, were killed in the east Libyan city of Benghazi last Tuesday after anger over the film boiled over.

US and other foreign embassies were stormed in other cities in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and on Saturday, Afghanistan's Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a base which killed two U.S. Marines, saying it was in response to the film.

At least 17 people have been killed since Tuesday in the violence, which prompted Washington to send troops to bolster security at its missions.

* With Reuters

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Shafiqur Rahman 8 years ago

Dear Non Muslim Brother,

I have an request to all of you, Please in your life at least one time try to know what is islam and read the Holy Quran by your language and the hadith and your religious main book.
and try to go any Islamic culture center to know more about Islam then you justice with your self and think about Islam.

Do not make any mistake without you don't know what is Islam and why every body like to convert to Islam. Day by day people are become Muslim with their own decision and no body pushes them for islam, they are coming willingly.

John 8 years ago

Dear Shafiqur, I agree that we would see less insults to muslims if everybody knew more about Islam and muslim culture. And the same is valid for the other world religions - knowledge tends to turn people more moderate.

However, there will always be new words, videos or paintings that will feel offensive to many, including muslims and other religious people. And it will spread quickly and electronically. I think we just have to learn to live with that, and spend our time on more important things than some attention-craving individuals that wants to provoke. And, an all-powerful God I assume will be grander than to be insulted by a short video.

Fozan 8 years ago

Hi John - Can there be any thing more important than the relegion's prophet for any body ? For Muslims Muhammad is proud and dignity, who is the extreme of our love and respect.