Egyptian court rules YouTube should be blocked

Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court ruled that YouTube should be blocked for one month for hosting a short movie that denigrates the Prophet Mohammed. The case to block the movie was filed in 2013 and a lower administrative court ordered the blocking of YouTube for hosting the movie, but the order was appealed by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. Amro Gharbiya, technical and human rights officer of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), explained that ‘in the case of YouTube, it remains for the plaintiff to deliver the executive version of the ruling to the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, which in turn transmits it to local telecommunications companies to start implementing it.’​