Final court ruling to block the YouTube site a month in Egypt

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court ruled on Saturday to block the YouTube site in the world’s most populous Arab nation for a month for publishing a film offensive to the Prophet Muhammad, a lawyer said.

Lawyer Mohamed Hamid Salem said in a telephone interview with Reuters that the ruling also included blocking the various links that broadcast the film in Egypt once and for all.

Salem filed the lawsuit demanding the blocking of YouTube before the Administrative Court in Cairo in September 2012 and in February 2013 ruled the court blocked the site of the tapes but stopped the execution of the sentence two weeks after its issuance until the final decision on the subject before the Supreme Administrative Court, the highest courts of administrative justice.

The ruling, passed on Saturday, is non-appealable and binding to the government.

Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) was not immediately available for comment.

Salim said the NTRA had set up a complaint that would have halted the 2013 ruling. At that time authorities said it was not possible to enforce the ruling because that would also require Google to block the search.