Russia bans ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film, calls it extremist

By Daniel S Levine,

Russia has become the latest country to ban the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims and the 14-minute trailer that has caused outrage around the world. A Moscow court has declared it extremist and has ordered Google to block access to the film. Google in Russia has said that it will abide by the ruling.

RIA-Nivosti reports that the Tverskoi Court judge in Moscow said that the verdict could be appealed after a final verdict is issued on Friday. YouTube owner Google said it will restrict access after a formal judgement is announced.

“If a country where YouTube is localized, Google Inc. or its daughter company YouTube LLC receives a court order or an official announcement that a particular video on YouTube is ruled to be illegal, then after review of the order the company will block the video on the territory of that country,” a Google spokesperson told the news organization.

The ruling comes after a court in Chechnya banned distribution of the film.

Innocence of Muslims was made in California by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, authorities say. Nakoula was jailed last week, as prosecutors investigate possible probation violations.

The low-budget, poorly made trailer sparked riots across the Muslim world for mocking the prophet Muhammad as a fraud and child molester, notes The AP. It is still available to view in the US on YouTube.

 
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