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Turkey again blocks access to YouTube

Categories: Turkey

A Turkish court has again blocked access to the popular video-sharing site YouTube over a video clip allegedly insulting the country's founding father, Kemal Atatürk [1].

According to The New Anatolian [2], Turkish users trying to access Youtube are receiving a message explaining the ban : “Access to www.youtube.com site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2008/55 of T.R. Ankara 12th Criminal Court of Peace.”

This is the third time that Youtube has been banned in Turkey following similar court decisions [3] deeming that videos appearing on the site were insulting to the father of modern Turkey,Kemal Atatürk.

On August 17, 2007, the Turkish Fatih Second Civil Court of First Instance blocked access to the entire wordpress.com domain [4] after alleged libel of Turkish Islamic-creationist [5], Adnan Oktar, aka Harun Yahya [6].

We invite you to explore our Access Denied Map [7] and learn more about censorship of popular web 2.0 websites in the world [8].