Unlike Blasphemy in Video, a YouTube Ban Is Shrugged Off

December 06, 2012

From the Post-Gazette:

When it comes to YouTube, the government of Afghanistan intends to keep its hand on the switch for now.

More than two months after the Afghan government banned YouTube to prevent the spread of an anti-Islamic video, it has yet to restore access to the popular video Web site. While officials say they hope to lift the block "as soon as possible," they have offered only a vague sense of what must happen before that can be done.

It is a measure of some of Afghanistan's complexities, however, that even as Afghan rights advocates have worried about censorship, a common reaction on the street to the YouTube ban has been praise, or at worst ambivalence, even among some of the younger, Internet-savvy set in Kabul.

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