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YouTube Playing whose Agenda

28 May, 2013

By Zaheerul Hassan


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IT growth of the current era has edge over rest of development since progress further without internet in this technical age is impossible. The interface of the YouTube website is available in 54 different language versions, including Catalan and Slovene, which do not have local channel versions but overall, it has become the important tool of social media network and the Internet. One of the major segment of The Internet users are using social media network including YouTube channels.

The Internet World Stats have estimated 2,405,510,175 internet users worldwide till June 30, 2012. This represented about 34.3% of the population worldwide. Out of which Asia is leading with 1,076,681,059 (44.8% of internet users worldwide), followed by Europe: 18,512,109 (21.5%), North America: 273,785,413 (11.4%), Latin America / Caribbean: 254,915,884 (10.6%), Africa: 167,335,676 (7.0%), Middle East: 90,000,455 (3.7%) and Oceania / Australia: 24,279,579 (1.0%). The internet is providing an excellent facility to the researcher to open new door in the variety of fields and created harmony amongst the nations though globalization. But unfortunately, some of the countries or intelligence agencies like CIA, RAW and Mossad are carrying malpractices like spreading venom against Islamic countries. Moreover, some of western extremists have started defaming Islam and have been noticed to prepare movies to debasing Islamic dignitaries.

Currently, in Pakistan over 3.7 million individuals are using Face book and more than 3 million share ideas through Twitters. Interestingly, almost whole intellectual community is using social media network for sharing ideas, generating debates and exchanging news. Notably, 67% social media users are youngsters. CIA has used social media in building opinion against Egypt and Syrian rulers.

Access to YouTube was remained block in Turkey from 2008 to 2010, due to the uploading of controversial stuff, insulting to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and some material offensive to Muslims.

According to the reports, on 17 December 2012, the YouTube was blocked in Pakistan and most of the Islamic countries for posting of movie "Innocence of Muslim". The film was produced to insult Prophet Muhammad (PEACE BE UPON HIM) by American based extremists Jew Sam Bacili. Islamic world protested and condemned American producer and demanded to remove controversial stuff.

Mass scale protests/ riots leading to loss of life / property across the Muslim world and especially in Pakistan. The US Ambassador in Libya along with others was killed as a result and Islamic countries like Egypt, Libya, Iran and Afghanistan asked YouTube to black the movie for viewing.

Before banning of YouTube, the links of the objectionable video were blocked by PTA but the effort was of no use because the anti-Islam elements were uploading the blasphemous movie against our beloved Prophet (PBUH) again and again. YouTube still contains clippings uploaded by anti-state elements for promoting sectarian hatred, vulgarity and also contains clippings of beheadings of Muslims / members of Armed Forces of Pakistan. The decision of blocking YouTube was also in line with the Honorable Supreme Court directives / observations, orders of the Prime Minister and in the larger national interest.

Concluding, I must say that Administration of YouTube is probably playing American and western agenda to defame Islamic ummah. Therefore In short, the ban on YouTube should continue until; one, proactive measures like Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and technical measures like deployment of an effective URL blocking system are in place., Two, re-opening of YouTube may be pended till effective blocking is assured by PTA / Gateway operators.

Opening YouTube at this moment may trigger riots / protests across Pakistan as it still contains video clips of the blasphemous move against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) which may be used by religio-political parties / groups / anit-state elements for vested interests. Also Google has uploaded "Part-2" of the same movie on YouTube, which is more derogatory and blasphemous to our beliefs.



The writer can be approach through zameer36@gmail.com

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