University of Philippines bans anti-Islam film

September 20, 2012 - 10:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The state-run University of the Philippines is stopping students from showing an anti-Muslim video that has sparked violent protests around the globe.

Friday's planned public screening of the 14-minute "Innocence of Muslims" video was supposed to be part of a course discussing the Bill of Rights and freedom of expression.

College of Law Dean Danilo Conception canceled the open forum. Law professor Harry Roque, who teaches the subject, cited security concerns.

The film ridicules the Prophet Muhammad and has triggered Muslim protests in many countries, including last week near a university in predominantly-Muslim Marawi city in the southern Philippines. That region has been roiled by a decades-old Muslim rebellion in the mainly Christian Southeast Asian nation.