Turkey lifts ban on YouTube
Monday, November 1, 2010
Turkey has lifted its ban on YouTube, more than two years after it blocked access to the video-sharing website. The government blocked access because the site contains videos deemed insulting to , the country's founder. Atatürk founded the country in 1923.
European Union, Turkey implemented reforms in regards to freedom of expression. Under article , public denigration of Turkishness, the Republic of Turkey, Atatürk, and other national symbols, is a crime in Turkey.was ordered to block access to YouTube in May 2008 after Greek users posted some videos insulting the country's founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. As a of the
The ban was widely criticised by many Turks, even by the Presidentwho used his page to condemn the move.
Minister of Transportsaid "The reasons for the YouTube ban do not exist anymore, because the offending videos had been removed. YouTube will hopefully carry out its operations in Turkey within the limits of law in the future."
YouTube issued a statement saying that some of the offending material was removed by third parties, and not the website itself. YouTube says the videos were removed after someone used the automated copyright complaint service.
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