» 10/02/2012, 00.00
RUSSIA - ISLAM
Moscow bans "extremist" anti-Islam film. Youtube at risk
A court in the capital agreed to the request of the attorney general censoring the film. But with the entry into force of the blacklist of websites now fears the total blocking of Youtube.
Moscow (AsiaNews) - Russia has decided to ban the anti-Islam
film "The innocence of Muslims", which has triggered violent protests
in many countries. The
Tverskoi court in Moscow
yesterday, 1st October, accepted the request of the attorney general to define
the "extremist content" the film, thus banning it in the Federation. The
decision can be challenged on appeal within one month of the judgment, which
will be announced on October 5th. Welcomed
by the Muslim community in the North Caucasus,
where Islam is the majority religion, the verdict has rather alarmed human
rights defenders. While
recognizing that the film offends religious sentiment, the deputy director of
Human Rights Watch in Russia,
Tatiana Lokshina, described the sentence as "excessive", advancing
concerns about the total blocking of YouTube, which hosts the film.
Attorney General has already explained that the ban will come into force on 1st
November, under the new media law - which provides "black lists" of
Web sites deemed "harmful to the health and development of children"
- the video will be included in the blacklist of the extremist materials. At
that point, or YouTube must withdraw the controversial film made in the USA, or Russian
Internet users will be prevented from accessing the video sharing site.
launched to protect children from "harmful" content, the law in fact
allows the authorities to block an entire website based on the content of a
single page, deemed inappropriate. The
setting of this law has provoked protests from the main Russian search engine
Yandex, and also Wikipedia in Russian. But
to no avail.
nearly 20 million members, the Muslim community is the second largest religious
community in Russia
after the Orthodox.
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In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
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