Turkey Again Bans YouTube

Turkey last week banned access to the YouTube website because it offered a video allegedly "insulting Mustafa Kemal Atatürk – Turkey's founder – and the founders of the state."

The last time Turkey imposed a YouTube ban it was lifted two days later, after YouTube removed the videos in question.

On January 18, Ankara's 12th Court of Peace decided to ban access to the site because of a clip created and posted by a user called "Turkomaymun" [i.e.Turkishmonkey].

Another court, the 2nd Court of Peace of Sivas, issued an additional ban yesterday.

According to Turkish law, a court ban blocking access to a certain site can be removed only if the service provider removes the video.

Source: Today's Zaman, Turkey, January 24, 2008



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