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Pakistan bans Facebook
Competition featuring drawings of the Prophet Muhammed sparks anger.
May 19, 2010 4:23 by Samuel Potter
A court in Pakistan has ordered authorities to block the social networking site Facebook. The move was triggered by a petition that followed a competition involving caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed, reports the BBC.
A message on the competition’s Facebook information page said, “We simply want to show the extremists that threaten to harm people because of their Muhammed depictions that we’re not afraid of them.”
But a group called the Islamic Lawyers’ Movement called the contest “blasphemous,” and filed a petition with the Lahore high court.
The site is blocked initially until May 31, says the report.