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Bangladesh blocks YouTube over anti-Islamic video

Afghans burn the U.S. flag in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, during a protest against an Internet video mocking the Prophet Muhammad that many fear could further aggravate Afghan-U.S. relations. The video has sparked protests throughout the Muslim world and the Afghan government blocked the YouTube site that hosts the video and its parent company, Google Inc., over the weekend in a move to prevent violent protests. (AP Photo/Hoshang Hashimi)

DHAKA, Bangladesh: The government in Bangladesh has blocked YouTube to prevent people from seeing an anti-Islam video produced in the U.S. ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad.

Independent and Somoy television stations said the government blocked the popular video search engine late Monday.

On Sunday, the chief of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission said the government sent a letter to Google, which owns YouTube, urging it to remove the video. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the same request.

Google has blocked access to the video in Libya and Egypt following violence there, and in Indonesia and India because it says the video broke laws in those countries.

Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority nation of 160 million people but is governed by laws based on British common law.

 

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