Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Turkey Opened Access to YouTube

YouTube, which was banned in Turkey, is now accessible again and may even be allowed to show videos which discredit the local government. A few days ago, the Turkey’s court ruled that a government ban on YouTube was unconstitutional. The judges cited the Constitution’s freedom of expression clause to prove their point of view.

The Prime Minister Erdogan started to pursuit YouTube several weeks ago, after it turned out that the streaming service hosts a leaked audio recording of local officials discussing security matters in Syria. YouTube was not the only service to be banned by the government in the face of a scandal ¬– their ban on Twitter lived only for two weeks in March. Now that YouTube can once again be accessible, the country’s Telecommunications Directorate has refused to lift web restrictions.

When a lower court ruled that the government’s bans are unconstitutional, the government just ignored them. However, they may find it difficult to ignore the Constitutional Court’s appellate decision. Turkey’s Telecommunications Directorate has so far insisted that it was not going to unblock the online service as long as it hosts “criminal content”. Apparently, “criminal content” is anything that says that Prime Minister and his party are bad guys.

It seems that the Turkey’s Telecommunications Directorate has blinked – now that the election is over, it is clear that if Turks saw anything about government corruption, people clearly didn’t just give a monkey’s about it. According to the results of the re-election, Erdogan continues his way as a Prime Minister.

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