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Turkish Authorities Seek to Block Access to Anti-Islamic Film

Turkey is seeking ways to block Internet access to an anti-Islamic film that has sparked deadly protests from the Middle East to Southeast Asia, Fethi Simsek, chief of the state-run telecommunication board, said today.

“There is work to determine whether it is possible to block these videos,” Simsek said by telephone. “They have not been blocked yet.”

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the Transportation Ministry, which oversees Simsek’s board, to conduct the necessary work to block access to the film, European Union Minister Egemen Bagis told state-run TRT Turk television today.

Simsek said his board has also received numerous complaints about the film, which depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a womanizer.

To contact the reporter on this story: Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara at shacaoglu@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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