Indonesia Pulls the Plug

As I reported last week, the Indonesian government threatened to shut YouTube out of the Indonesian market if it failed to remove copies of Geert Wilders’ movie Fitna from its site. YouTube did not comply, and the Indonesian government has followed through on its threat: local ISPs have been forced to block YouTube and MySpace.

In the photo that accompanies the news story you can see a screen cap of a Fitna video being watched by an Indonesian. There’s no way to tell if it’s a version subtitled in Indonesian — the frame in the screenshot has no text — but based on the traffic that has arrived here from Indonesia over the last week, the Indonesian translation of the movie, as well as the existence of a version of Fitna subtitled in Indonesian, were widely known in the archipelago.

So I’d like to think that we played our little part in this sordid drama.

Try this google search. The last time I attempted it, Gates of Vienna was second on the list, the first non-Indonesian site in the search results. Not only that, this search puts us in the top two positions. Thus it’s no surprise that Indonesians wind up here when they attempt to watch what their government wants to hide from them.

So for all our Indonesian readers: the YouTube version is unavailable, but until your government bans the ZippyShare, Rapid Share, and Pirate Bay versions, you can still download and watch Fitna.

I’ve posted a new version of the Fitna download table below the jump. But first, here’s the news story from AFP:

Indonesia blocks YouTube, MySpace over Dutch film

Watching Fitna in IndonesiaJAKARTA (AFP) — Indonesia has blocked access to YouTube, MySpace and other websites showing an anti-Islamic film that has sparked widespread protests, Internet providers said Tuesday.

Indonesia’s main Internet providers said they had acted on a government request to block websites showing the film.

The move came after the communications minister last week wrote to the file-sharing site, YouTube, asking it to remove the 17-minute film, “Fitnah,” made by far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders.

“We apologise, we have for the time being blocked sites and blogs which carry ‘Fitna,’ at the request of the minister for communication and IT,” Internet provider Speedy said on its website.

Speedy said it had stopped users accessing eight different sites, including blogs that carried the film.

Another provider, Radnet, told users it was “temporarily closing access” to YouTube and MySpace, a popular social networking site, at the minister’s request.


The minister wrote to Internet providers last week asking them to block access to sites that carried the film on the grounds that it could “disturb religious and civil harmony at a global level.”

Muslim groups here have held several protests outside the Dutch embassy in the capital Jakarta.

Most have passed off peacefully, but last Wednesday dozens of members of a Muslim student group attacked a Dutch consulate building on Sumatra island, burning a flag and breaking down the gates.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has banned screenings of the film and barred Wilders from entering Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation with some 90 percent of its 230 million people following Islam.

Below are the Fitna download links. I recently added a version with subtitles in Greek (thanks, Gaia):
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Update: I revised the table below to remove three dead links (thanks to an alert reader) . Evidently Rapid Share is being targeted, because the three links were all from that site, and returned the same message:

This file has been deleted.
Reason: THIS FILE IS FORBIDDEN TO BE SHARED! Complaints received.

ID Language Venue Format Notes
36   AJM   dedicated server – very fast
2   Isohunt   links to torrent sites
7   Linkpin AVI Divx 5.0
5   Linkpin MPEG-4, Perian mp4+iPod
6   Linkpin WMV/A 9 Standart  
46   Viddler FLV easily downloadable if you are a Viddler member
48   YouTube    
8 Czech Pravda o Islámu    
27 Danish The Pirate Bay torrent  
39 Dutch JewTube    
38 English Daily Motion   flagged as inappropriate – must register to see it
32 English Google Video    
34 English Google Video    
24 English Gulli    
25 English Gulli    
40 English JewTube    
43 English LiveLeak   unofficial
44 English LiveLeak   with content warning
14 English Rapid Share AVI  
16 English Rapid Share FLV  
12 English Rapid Share FLV  
10 English Rapid Share FLV  
21 English Rapid Share FLV  
11 English Rapid Share FLV  
9 English Rapid Share FLV  
17 English Rapid Share ZIP  
26 English The Pirate Bay torrent  
55 English Veoh    
47 English YouTube   requires registration
33 Farsi Google Video    
53 Farsi YouTube    
37 French Bivouac-ID    
4 French La Yihad en Eurabia   from Français de Souche
35 German Google Video    
22 German Rapid Share MKV  
45 German SimpleUpload MKV  
61 Greek Google Video   via Ελληνικεσ Γραμμεσ
59 Indonesian Rapid Share AVI  
58 Indonesian The Pirate Bay torrent  
60 Indonesian ZippyShare AVI  
42 Italian Lisistrata WMV  
41 Italian Lisistrata ZIP-WMV  
56 Italian YouTube    
57 Italian YouTube    
29 Polish The Pirate Bay torrent  
30 Polish The Pirate Bay torrent  
49 Polish ZippyShare    
50 Polish ZippyShare    
52 Romanian YouTube   Part 1
54 Romanian YouTube   Part 2
19 Russian Rapid Share AVI  
23 Russian RuTube    
28 Russian The Pirate Bay torrent  
3 Spanish La Yihad en Eurabia   from Anclaos
31 Tagalog The Pirate Bay torrent  
51 Tagalog ZippyShare    

Hat tip: Henrik.

5 thoughts on “Indonesia Pulls the Plug

  1. FYI, Gates of Vienna is NOT blocked from Indonesia.

    How do I find out?

    Quite simple, actually, once the trick is known. Find an Open proxy in Indonesia. Enter the IP address and the port number in the advanced settings of your browser (I use Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer – in that order), and check if GoV loads.

    It does, slowly. Which means that Indonesians are able to access our download lists – and get Fitna 🙂

  2. The Indonesian action would explain why that version has out lasted the Dutch, English and other versions as a “regularly” uploading file on my BitTorrent thing-a-ma-what’s-it.

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