First Published: 2012-09-26

 

Turkey seeks to ban online access to anti-Islam movie

 

Ankara starts legal process to ban access via Internet to amateurish “Innocence of Muslims” due to uneasiness it caused in Turkey.

 

Middle East Online

Turkey has also applied to Google Inc, the owner of YouTube, for the removal of the video from the portal

ANKARA - The Turkish government said it has started a legal process to ban access via the Internet to an amateurish American-made anti-Islam film that has sparked protests across the Muslim world.

"A legal procedure has started to remove the video content from URL addresses... due to the uneasiness caused in our country and in the world by the film insulting Islam and Muslims and which contains provocative elements," the communications ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

A ministry official said the government was seeking to ban links to the video but not block video-sharing websites themselves.

"The access to the videos in question has been blocked to a great extent through Internet providers," the ministry said.

Turkey has also applied to Google Inc, the owner of YouTube, for the removal of the video from the portal, it added.

A wave of anti-American protests erupted across the globe earlier this month over the "Innocence of Muslims" film which has offended many Muslims because of its insulting depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.

The protests also spread to predominantly Muslim but strictly secular Turkey, with hundreds of people in Istanbul setting fire to US and Israeli in a demonstration on Sunday.

 

Egypt renews calls for creation of joint military force at Arab summit

Torturous Iran talks move into top gear in battle of wills

Qaeda seizes 'majority' of Syria northwestern city of Idlib

Saudi ambassador to return to Sweden after diplomatic spat

Oil prices fall after Yemen-inspired gains

Libya forces ‘withdraw’ from frontline bases near oil ports

UN Security Council keeps Libya arms embargo in place

Saudi-led airstrikes target arms depots in Yemen capital

Death toll from hotel attack rises as fighting continues in Somalia

Turkish parliament passes security bill after long debate

Turkey army chief of staff visits historic tomb inside Syria

Saudi-led coalition keeps up raids against Yemen rebels

Assad says open to dialogue with US

US backs Saudi-led intervention in Yemen

Heavy Saudi raids force Sanaa residents to flee

Israeli Arab MP walks for Bedouins

Gulf stocks regain ground after early losses over Yemen

Kerry presses Iran on nuclear deal before deadline

Somali pirates seize Iranian fishing vessel

Borse Dubai sells big stake in London Stock Exchange

Can Arabs form joint military force?

Libya rivals discuss UN-backed peace proposals

French President to join 'anti-terror' march in Tunis

Sisi underscores Egypt’s rights to tap Nile water

US-led coalition aircraft bomb Tikrit

Saudi warplanes strike Yemen rebels in Sanaa

Netanyahu to form Israel new government after shock victory

Turkey military responds to Kurdish attacks in southeast

Leaders see horror of air crash as investigators step up probe

Fistfight in Iraqi Kurdish parliament

Syria rebels seize ancient town of Busra Sham

UN reveals plethora of abuses against activists in Libya

IS attack kills 5 militia fighters in Libya city of Sirte

Yemen President ‘in safety’ as rebel forces advance

US considering launching air strikes on Tikrit

Yemen Huthis seizes key airbase near Aden

'Feminist' policy costing dear to Sweden

Obama says row with Netanyahu ‘substantive’

Tunisia honours victims of deadly attack on national museum

Roadside bomb kills two Egypt soldiers in restive Sinai

‘Islamic State’ woos Syria children with money: More than 400 recruited in 2015 alone

Huthi-led militia push on southern Yemen

US envoy to Libya leaves Twitter after barrage of online abuse

US provides 'eye in the sky' to support Iraq Tikrit operation

Turkey prosecutors launch probe as ruling party rift grows