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Sheetal Sukhija - Wednesday 30th May, 2018

CAIRO, Egypt - A video defined offensive, which was first published on YouTube in 2012 has now led to the Google-owned video file-sharing site being slapped with a month-long ban in Egypt. 

The video in question, which has been billed as a film trailer, is titled ‘Innocence of Muslims’ and is said to be a low-budget 13-minute video.

It was reportedly made in California with private funding and provoked a wave of anti-American unrest in Egypt and other Muslim countries when it appeared in 2012 because it denigrates Prophet Mohammad.

However, in 2013, Mohamed Hamid Salem, a lawyer filed a case against it in Arab world’s most populous country.

At the time, a lower administrative court had ordered that Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology block YouTube over the video.

However, the case was appealed and its ruling stayed during the appeal process. 

The ministry had then stated that it would be impossible to enforce the ruling without also disrupting Google’s Internet search engine.

It said that this would incur potentially huge costs and job losses in the country.

Now, Egypt’s top administrative court has ruled that regulators must block YouTube for one month over the video.

Commenting on the ruling, Salem said that the ruling is final and cannot be appealed - adding that the ruling also orders that all links that broadcast the film be blocked.

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