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Indonesian ISPs blocked access to YouTube

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 10 Apr 2008 0:04 User comments (5)

Indonesian ISPs blocked access to YouTube As we previously reported, there had been a call on Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Indonesia to block access to YouTube due to the availability of an anti-Koran video. The video, titled "Fitna," (which translates as "strife") shows some scenes of terrorists attacks including footage of the World Trade Center, Spanish train bombings, London bombing aftermath and other Islamic fundamentalist violence and hate speech.
While this extreme content is shown, the video picks several quotations from the Koran which presumably is believed by the film's creator, Dutch politician Geert Wilders, to inspire the actions depicted in the recordings. The video starts and ends with a now infamous picture of the Islamic prophet with a bomb in his hair, while a ticking sound is heard in the background.

Toward the end of the video, Wilders instructs any Muslim who is affected by the content to tear out pages from the Koran that contain verses which could incite violence, hatred and discrimination. The reaction to the video was mostly negative from Dutch politicians and leaders in the Islamic world, as well as Muslims who are offended by its content.

However, it has raked up millions of views on the large number of websites that now host the content. Indonesia, which is the world's most populous Muslim nation, banned the video and pressured ISPs to block access to YouTube. PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) and PT Exelcomindo Pratama Tbk and Indonet all have complied and blocked access to the video-sharing giant.

Telekom went further by blocking access to and it continues to search for, and block any sites hosting Fitna.

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5 user comments

110.4.2008 13:09

whoever made this video made it for 1 reason and 1 reason only ! to piss off muslims !

you know what happens when your pissed off , dont you? make decisions and perform actions you later go on to regreat. Thats the motive of whoever made this video so he can get radical muslims to come out and react! hopefully negatively (thats what they want!)
IN an effect they're provoking radicals , and daring them !

We will never have peace in this world. Terrorists disgust me , and this anti-quran video doesn't make me feel any better.
Offending ANY religion is disgracful.

211.4.2008 0:27

youtube already un-blocked since yesterday

34.6.2008 23:47

spam removed

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 13 Jun 2008 @ 13:45

424.11.2009 23:50

may he be cursed

525.11.2009 2:37

I think youtube should be careful on what video footage it allows.I dont agree with banning youtube all together but if they are so offended by the video then there should be a way of banning the video not the site itself.

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