(VIDEO) Pakistan Bans Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Flickr because Drawings of Mohammad Upset Muslims

The Islamic protesters in this photo from the AP
are apparently telling us to "DRAW MOHAMMED"

KEEP DRAWING THEM!  If other Islamic countries follow suit, the majority of Jew hatred and jihadist material being promoted online would disappear!
(Washington Post) The Pakistani government blocked access to YouTube on Thursday because of "sacrilegious" content in a growing Internet crackdown against sites deemed offensive to...Muslims.

The move against the video-sharing website came a day after the government blocked access to Facebook amid anger over a page on the social networking site that encourages users to post images of....Muhammad. Islam prohibits any image (of their idol -JIDF)

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority did not point to specific material on YouTube that prompted it to block the site, only citing "growing sacrilegious contents." The government acted against both Facebook and YouTube after it failed to persuade the websites to remove the "derogatory material," the regulatory body said in a statement.

It welcomed representatives from the two websites to contact the Pakistani government to resolve the dispute in a way that "ensures religious harmony and respect."

The regulatory body said it has blocked more than 450 Internet links containing offensive material, but it is unclear how many of the links were blocked in the last two days.

Access to the online encyclopedia site Wikipedia also was restricted Thursday, but it was not clear if the government had intended to do so. The head of the Pakistani telecommunications company Nayatel, Wahajus Siraj, said the restriction resulted from a technical glitch.

The government blocked Facebook on Wednesday after a group of Islamic lawyers won a court order requiring officials to restrict access to the site until May 31. It was unclear if the ban against YouTube also would be temporary.

The Facebook page "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" encourages users to post images of the prophet on May 20 to protest threats made by Muslims against the creators of the animated American television series "South Park" for depicting Muhammad in a bear suit during an episode earlier this year.

The page sparked protests from Islamic students in Pakistan, with some holding signs urging Islamic holy war against those who blaspheme the prophet.

"Public sentiment has been growing," said Siraj, the Nayatel CEO. "The government was monitoring it and there seemed to be public unrest, so it had to take a decision."

A series of cartoons of the prophet published in a Danish newspaper in 2005 sparked violent protests by Muslims around the world, including in Pakistan, and death threats against the cartoonists.

In an attempt to respond to public anger over the Facebook dispute, the Pakistani government ordered Internet service providers in the country to block the controversial page Tuesday.

But members of the Islamic Lawyers Forum asked the Lahore High Court on Wednesday to order the government to fully block Facebook because it allowed the page to be posted in the first place.

Online reaction to the Facebook ban was supportive in the initial hours after it was implemented...

Pakistan blocked access to YouTube for two days in 2008 because of what it said was unIslamic content. Turkey, Thailand, Indonesia and Morocco have all blocked access to YouTube in the past....
Forbes also reports that
Access to the online encyclopedia site Wikipedia and the photo sharing site Flickr was also restricted Thursday.
It's just fantastic news.  As we said earlier, we wish everyone a Happy Everybody Draw Mohammad Day, and urge you to join the fan page!

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