May 20th, 2010
11:29 AM ET

Pakistan blocks access to YouTube, Facebook

Pakistan on Thursday blocked access to YouTube - a day after it shut down the social networking site Facebook - in response to an online group calling on people to draw the Prophet Mohammed.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority ordered operators to shut down YouTube "in view of growing sacrilegious contents on it," officials said in a statement.

PTA said Thursday it reached its decision after all "possible avenues were used within its jurisdiction, including using regular channels available on the Facebook and YouTube to launch protest, to avoid appearances of derogatory material available on their websites."

Facebook was blocked a day before "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," which was scheduled by several Facebook groups dedicated to the idea.

The largest of the groups was unavailable for several hours Wednesday and Thursday. Facebook said "a small technical issue prevented some users from accessing this page and others for a very short period of time," and that Facebook had corrected the problem as quickly as possible once they became aware of it.

"While it may be considered objectionable to some, the Facebook Pages and Groups in question do not violate our policies," Facebook global communications director Debbie Frost said.

The page was online as of Thursday morning Eastern time.

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  1. Dr. Siddique Akbar

    If it doesn't violate the policies of facebook to disrespect someone's religion, it's quite shameful.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jay Banerjee

    It's called freedom of speech. anyone can make fun of my religion, but what does it matter to me? It doesn't affect me in any way

    May 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rizwan

      Its not the same for everyone, thats what you are not ready to understand. If I respect someone, its inhuman to intentiionally insult him/her unless its affecting u negatively !!!

      May 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • islam132

      to Jay: thats because you don't know the real truth in life. true belivers of islam love prophet mohammed. he made muslims on who we are today. it is like saying i drew offensive pictures of you and your loved ones. you may say you don't care but you actually do inside. and if you don't care deep inside then you don't really love them. if you listen a little bit in our religon (you don't have to) then you may begin to understand our religon and why is it important to not draw prophets.

      May 21, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • angee

      yes because u people have no religion thats y it doesnt matter to u

      May 25, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. nobody N. Particular

    I find Muslim that equate their prophet with the divine shameful, the commandment is "thou shall not make graven images" usually assume these images are suppose to be of the divine. Muslims evidently are do the same thing as Christians, they raise their prophet to be above all of humanity into the status of a semi-divine being, which is BS. Remember, it is the teachings of these prophets that are important, not their images or the divine nature. Islam needs to learn (like Christianity has been forced to learn) to not take their dogmatic beliefs and force it on non-believers. If you allow the ridicule of your prophet to make you act in a way that is contray to the core of your faith, then you never really submitted yourself to the divine, and therefore not a Muslim (one who submits themselves to the divine). This is simply a case of "do unto others as you would have others do unto you". Peace be with you.

    May 20, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rizwan

      I believe ridiculing a prophet is prohibited in aall faiths. It is a basic teaching to respect others, and hence, others prophet`s too. I fail to understand why people who are being instigated, are asked to be patient, while there is no one to ask those, who initiate it, to be patient.

      May 20, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • islam132

      its true we have small things in common with christian but muslims worship jesus as a prophet not as a god.Also we never saw prophet mohammed before. since we never saw him we shouldnt draw him. just like with jesus we never saw him so we shouldnt draw him.

      May 21, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Abrar

    I feel ashame to call christians, "Christians" that they let other people make animations of Christ ...... Islam is against drawing GOD ALMIGHTY and THE PROPHETS ...... have any muslim ever made animation of Christ or Moses then why are those so called Christians making Animations and Drawings of Prophet MUHAMMAD (P.B.U.H)!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saima

    To all those people who have encouraged 'Draw Mohammed day', I must say you are not less then all the terrorists who did bring harm to innocents by explosions and bombings.The difference between them and you is that they used bombings to harm people physically and you people in favour of 'Draw Mohammed Day' have used your drawings or so called freedom of speech to attack millions of Muslims emotionally and have shook them and hurt them terribly.

    today is the day when i want to say SHAME ON YOU. you know why, because people in this world already are going through some much trouble, pain and suffering, and you have done nothing to help but instead have added more trouble and initiated more anger and frustration around the world.

    As far as Mohammed (peace be upon him) is concerned, you guys would never be able to understand the level of respect God,the whole universe and Muslims have for him. So it would be pointless if i say something for him here. I just want say one thing though and that is if you don't give respect to someone who is worthy of high respect like Mohammed(peace be upon him) you lose your own respect and it shows to the world the kind of up bringing and moral values you have. So this way you have disrespected your PARENTS, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR SOCIETY YOU ARE LIVING IN AND ALSO THE SCHOOLING YOU HAD. So last but not the least shame on you.

    May 20, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rizwan

    Its time that we raise the matter in UN, asking for a resolution on "Freedom of speech", and the extent to which it can be used. In particular, the ban of Hijab and ban on denial of holcaust must be put into question and how is it justified ? Its time for a resolution, which neither requires army nor technique, just unity and courage

    May 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Khalid

      I agree with you dear. And I completely agree to the comments of Miss Saima.

      May 21, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ShaZNaCKz

    No more Facebook...Come to SPARBE.COM....

    May 20, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tolerance

    In most Western secular nations the public has grown accustomed to religion joining the group of sensitive material at the butt of jokes. I do not condone or condemn this behavior because I realize it has overwhelmingly gained societal acceptance. What media forums must understand is that the same point of view is not shared in many other areas of the world. So while it may all be a joke to social commentators in the west it is seen as another action in a long list of actions to subdue countries not sharing their ideals. There is no international backlash when shows poke fun at a man with an arab being a terrorist or wrongfully expecting 72 virgins in heaven. The reason is that Muslims either share in this type of humor or they simply overlook it without making too much of a fuss. However; when the Prophet is depicted in ways that the Muslim world finds disrespectful people from across the globe should consider embracing a social norm of the Muslim world everywhere. In a globalizing society it is time we make the effort to understand the different ethnic, cultural and/or religious ways of others so as to create a more tolerant and progressive society.

    May 20, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Zoroaster

    It is wrong for ANY religion to assume that the rest of the world must obey it's certain rules. It is the plague of modern society to assume that one's personal religious choice is superior to the religious choices of others, especially when this causes hatred and bloodshed in the name of Gods and Prophets that preach peace.

    May 20, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan


    May 20, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jigisup2

    Really! This is just about Free SPeech? So If I start a facebook page "Anne Frank was a dirty little ho" Jews wont be offended right? BULL! This is just an excuse to engage in the persecution of Muslims and promote anti-Muslim agendas

    May 20, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • islam132

      Anne frank may have been special to some people but she was just the same person as everyone else. prophet mohammed was special. he was the person who saved us from the fire. when he was alive he showed us how to worship god. he showed us the quran(the holy book), he showed us how to pray. he worked long and hard to make sure people got the message of islam.

      May 21, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Salman Zafar

    @Islam132and all too

    we do not worship anything but Allah (SwT) ...that is the correct doctrine of a worship anything besides Him is called shirk...and is a very grave sin.....
    having said that ....we love the Prophet PBUH dearly and desire for his respect ...we feel that people should understand this and not do things that offend us.... intellectual discourse is fine....but...there should be proper bounds in intellectual discourse...after dont need to draw something to talk about it in an open and frank, yet still mutually respectful manner......we believe that Jesus (peace be upon him) was a Messenger and Prophet of Allah too....and hence do not like his disrespect either.....or for that matter ...disrespect of any prophet.(may Allah's peace and blessings be upon them all)....

    May 21, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |