The governments of Bangladesh and Pakistan blocked YouTube to prevent people from seeing an anti-Islam video produced in the US ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad.
Mir Mohammaed Morshed, a spokesman for the state-run Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd., said the government blocked YouTube late Monday. He said the decision would remain effective until further notice.
On Sunday, the chief of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission said the government sent a letter to Google, which owns YouTube, urging it to remove the video. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the same request.
Google has blocked access to the video in Libya and Egypt following violence there, and in Indonesia and India because it says the video broke laws in those countries.
Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority nation of 160 million people that is governed by laws based on British common law, and Pakistan is a Muslim-majority country of over 167 million people.