SC TROs public screening of 'Innocence of Muslims'

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 25 2012 04:42 PM | Updated as of Sep 26 2012 08:11 PM

MANILA - A well-placed source told ABS-CBN News that the Supreme Court (SC), in today's en banc session, issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the public screening of controversial anti-Islam film, "Innocence of Muslims."

Representatives of various Muslim communities all over the country filed with the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday a petition for mandatory injunction against Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chair Grace Poe LLamanzares, and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), urging the prohibition of the screening of the film's trailer and full-length film.

The SC TRO, however, does not cover the film's posting on Google and YouTube, because these engines are not impleaded in the case.

"The blasphemous film... is a vicious attack on the faith of two billion Muslims, about 7 to 10 million of whom are in the Philippines, that has triggered a continuing massive protest by Muslim in 20 countries resulting in many injuries and loss of lives to Muslims and non-Muslims alike," the petition argued.

The film's clips have been posted on YouTube, which has sparked Muslim demonstrations and incidents of violence allover the globe.