TEHRAN, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Iran's minister of culture and Islamic guidance announced that Iran has decided to boycott the 2013 Oscar in protest against a recent U.S.-made anti-Islam film, Press TV reported on Tuesday.
"I officially announce that we will not attend the (2013) Oscar in serious reaction to the intolerable insult against the Prophet of Islam, and we call on other Muslim states to follow suit in order to show their protest," Mohammad Hosseini was quoted as saying on Monday.
"Everyone is aware of the profane film insulting the Prophet Mohammed and the ensuing reactions. This film has wrenched the hearts of all Muslims and our filmmakers have strongly condemned it, though it is devoid of any artistic value," the Iranian minister said.
Iran has restricted access to Google services including gmail over the anti-Islamic film posted on YouTube recently.
Gmail has been blocked since Sunday in the country and the users cannot gain access to the service, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported Monday.
The anti-Islam film which was produced in the United States and "insults" Muslim's Prophet Mohammed has ignited violent protests across the Muslim world.