Malaysia

YouTube must purge anti-Islam clip, Rais says

A woman demonstrates YouTube services on the Xbox game console in Los Angeles, California June 6, 2011.—Reuters picA woman demonstrates YouTube services on the Xbox game console in Los Angeles, California June 6, 2011.—Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 — Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said, it was the duty of YouTube to remove the “Innocence of Islam” film from its archives, given the explosive commotions that had taken place in the Islamic world, especially the Middle East.

In a statement to Bernama today, he said YouTube, however, appeared to be oblivious to the tumult in the Islamic world.

The video, which was uploaded on to YouTube recently, had caused widespread protests among Muslims, in view of its negative portrayal of Islam.

Saying that removing the video on YouTube was not “within our technical capability”, Rais said under the circumstances, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission was legally bound to take adaptive and precautionary steps so that non-accessibility to the relevant content was effected in Malaysia.

“Given the explosive commotions and repercussions at hand, as is the case in the Middle East and Malaysia, being an Islamic nation, we have to at least, for now, play a preventive role while urging Muslims in the country to remain calm,” he said. — Bernama

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