WORLD NEWS TOMORROW – Afghan authorities have ordered the YouTube website be shutdown “indefinitely” to stop Afghans watching a US-made film they say insults the Prophet Mohammad, government sources told Reuters on Thursday.The shutdown will begin some time today, they said, adding it was ordered to prevent outbreaks of the violence seen in Libya, Egypt and elsewhere.
YouTube has refused to remove a film clip, allegedly denigrating Prophet Mohammed, which has sparked turmoil in the Middle East and led to attacks on US embassies in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Libya.“This video – which is widely available on the Web – is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube. However, given the very difficult situation in Libya and Egypt, we have temporarily restricted access in both countries,” Google said in its statement.
The 14-minute trailer to the controversial film, titled Innocence of Muslims, depicts the Islamic prophet in an unfavourable light and has been blamed for sparking violence throughout the Arab world.The film maker is believed to be a Californian of Jewish origin called Sam Bacile. Its producer is Pastor Terry Jones, whose anti-Islamic propaganda has long been a focus of criticism for Muslim communities.