Over the weekend an Egyptian court controlled by the radical Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi banned YouTube, citing the "Innocence of Muslims" movie trailer as a reason why it was necessary. This is the same movie trailer the Obama administration blamed for the 9/11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. However, this story goes beyond banning a video that insults Islam, it's about clamping down on free expression and access to information.
Steven Laboe, owner of the YouTube channel "RightSightings," has seen a spike in subscribers to his channel in the past 30 days. After investigating, Laboe found the vast majority of new subscribers were Muslims from Egypt backing a recent news clip of conservative columnist Michelle Malkin on Fox News' Hannity.
"I've had over 1000 subscribers to my YouTube channel, over half are Muslims from Egypt who are backing up Michelle Malkin's anti-Morsi video," Laboe tells Townhall.
The video being praised by freedom loving Egyptians shows Malkin discussing the tyranny of Morsi and the havoc he has brought to Egypt after revolution. She also discussed President Obama's lack of leadership on the issue.
"He [Morsi] is not my president and does not represent me as an Egyptian!" one commenter on the RightSightings channel stated.
"Egyptian people didn't really elect Morsi as the elections was rigged by the supreme council of armed forces (SCAF) which is still the? real ruler of Egypt till now. Morsi is a dictator just like Mubarak with only one difference, that is the beard! No rest in Egypt and in the entire middle east will happen until Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood step down," another wrote.
Although there are also many negative comments, the overwhelming positive response to Malkin's commentary by people inside Egypt (prior to the YouTube ban of course) is encouraging.
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