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India blocks access to anti-Islam film on YouTube

The YouTube link to the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims that has caused a worldwide furore has been blocked in India.

Last week the Home Ministry forwarded a request of the Jammu and Kashmir government to block all webpages where the film is available to the Director General of Computer Emergency Response Team India for urgent action.

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"The DG CERT-In is looking into the matter and in all probability the webpages will be blocked soon," a Home Ministry official said.

The Jammu and Kashmir government shot off a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), urging it to take adequate precautionary measures to block any broadcast of this film in any manner in the country. The official agencies are keeping tabs on all sites and other possible routes through which the video may be distributed to create tension communal tension.

The crude and provocative video “Innocence of Muslims,” which has been blamed for a wave of deadly violence in Libya and Yemen, is supposed to have been made somewhere in the sprawl of Southern California. It is believed to have been promoted by a network of right-wing Christians having strong anti-Muslim sentiments.

The video is comically amateurish in production values and was first posted in June on YouTube but had not initially generated any response. In the last few weeks however, it has left a trail of bloody violence after it was translated into Arabic and reposted twice on YouTube in the days before 11 September.

 

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