Turkey Lifts 2 Year Ban on Youtube

By on Nov 1, 2010 in Current Events Comments

According to various media reports, Turkey has lifted its ban on youtube. Two years ago, Turkish government blocked access to the website due to videos deemed insulting to the country’s founder. Turkey and Google has been discussing about this issue for a while. Speaking in television Transport Minister Mr. Yildirim said that the ban has been lifted after ” common sense prevailed “. The decision of Turkish government to ban youtube 2 years ago has been widely criticize by Turks.

The ban has been removed,” Yildirim said on Turkish TV news channel NTV, according to various media reports. “But we didn’t get here easily, we have been through a lot in the process. I hope that they have also learned from this experience and the same thing will not happen again. YouTube will hopefully carry out its organization in Turkey within the limits of law in the future.”

Turkey’s telecommunications authority imposed the ban last May 2008 after complaints that videos insulting to Turkey founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were being hosted in Youtube. Insulting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk or “Turkishness” is illegal in Turkey.



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