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.

 

Turkey mulls military action against jihadists on its doorsteps

Palestinians to UN: Israel occupation must end in 2016

Assad: Countries that backed terrorism can't defeat jihadists

Retired US general says Syria rebel training could 'take years'

Morocco basking in resurgence in foreign film productions

Settlements, Iran stir new discord between Netanyahu, Obama

Gazans turn war remains into art objects

Skeptical Netanyahu seeks Obama reassurances on Iran

Turkey pushes for long-term solution to ‘Islamic State’ crisis

Metamorphosis of Salim Benghalem: From weed-smoking clubber to US-wanted jihadist

Violence across Iraq kills at least 1,119 people in September

Bahrain court lifts travel ban on Maryam al-Khawaja

Israel, Palestinians agree on one thing: Futility of peace talks

Netanyahu to Ban Ki-moon: Probe into Gaza war ‘one-sided’!

Kurds battle to defend strategic border town in Syria

Iran Nobel laureate questions Tutu's silence on Dalai Lama visa row

Iraqi Kurds hope US-led air strikes can break stalemate

Libya militants vow to continue ‘military operations’

Argentine President charges US could kill her

IS jihadists close in on Turkish border

US troops to return to Mideast

Israel settlers forcefully occupy 25 homes in East Jerusalem

Gunmen wound Saudi policeman in Shiite village in Eastern Province

Erakat likens Netanyahu to leader of ‘Islamic State’

Voters to choose among 27 candidates in Tunisia presidential race

Iran offers military equipment to Lebanon army

Iran extends compulsory military service to 2 years

Frustration grows over Huthi occupation of Yemen capital

US-led air strikes pound ‘Islamic State’ near Syria border town

Britain plans action against extremism ‘in all its forms’

Vigilante groups terrorise Syria refugees in Lebanon

Kurd troops launch offensive on IS on three fronts

Balkans clamp down on jihadist recruitment

Syrian refugees try their luck in Latin America

Indian PM warns US to repeat Iraq 'mistake' in Afghanistan

Israel PM warns Iran poses gravest threat to world

Kuwait strips 18 nationals of citizenship

Ahead of Tunisia elections, Ghannouchi appeals for US support

Israel deploys extra forces as two faiths mark major holy days

Egypt, Libya plunge in good governance rating

Saudi Arabia breaks silence on Huthi occupation of Yemen capital

Air strikes fail to halt advance of IS jihadists in Syria

Rival Libya factions meet for reconciliation talks

Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks ‘to resume’ by mid-October

HRW criticises human rights rollback under Erdogan