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Turkish court bans YouTube access

Post by appleton » Thu Mar 08, 2007 4:12 pm

Access to the popular video-sharing website YouTube has been suspended in Turkey following a court order.

The ban was imposed after prosecutors told the court that clips insulting former Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had appeared on the site.

According to Turkish media, there has been a "virtual war" between Greek and Turkish users of the site, with both sides posting insulting videos.

The clip prompting the ban reportedly dubbed Ataturk and Turks homosexuals.

Insulting Ataturk, the founding father of modern Turkey, or "Turkishness" is an offence which can result in a prison sentence.


The offending videos sparked a storm of complaints to YouTube and the clips were removed, but the court order goes further, blocking all access to the site.

Turkish visitors to the site are now greeted with a message in English and Turkish reading "Access to www.youtube.com site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/384 dated 06.03.2007 of Istanbul First Criminal Peace Court".

Paul Doany, the head of Turk Telecom, the country's largest telecoms company, said that they had blocked access to the site as soon as the court order came through.

"We are not in the position of saying that what YouTube did was an insult, that it was right or wrong," Mr Doany told Anatolia news agency. "A court decision was proposed to us, and we are doing what that court decision says."

Mr Doany said that for its part Turk Telecom will continue to enforce the ban as long as the order stands.

The European Union, which Turkey is hoping to join, has long called for an easing of Article 301 - the law which prevents insults to Turkish culture - arguing that the law places severe restrictions on free speech in Turkey.

About 50 writers in the country have been put on trial for allegedly contravening the rule, including Nobel prizewinner Orhan Pamuk, though most cases have eventually been dismissed by the judge.

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It doesn't looks like they're ready for the EU. They aren't doing themselves any favours if they want to be in either.
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Post by Lad » Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:09 pm

Most certainly. More than minor changes are needed before they'll ever be ready.

What a bunch of real crackpots! Banning access to a site that happened to post anti-ataturk films; anyone would think they were posting violent porn by that reaction.
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Post by DodgeFB » Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:15 pm

Wow! If the US banned every crackpot site that posted anti-Bush crap what a list we would have. But he really does not care.

Evidently Turkey can't handle criticism. :sign0089:
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Post by appleton » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:31 pm

Well they can't be surprised when their application to enter the EU is denied.

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Post by DodgeFB » Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:04 pm

[quote=matt]
Well they can't be surprised when their application to enter the EU is denied.

Nice Truck Dodge :)
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They may be better off out of the EU anyway. They like doing things their way. And from on this side of the water it seems the EU has their way to do things. In my opinion they are not a good fit.

Yes that is a nice Dodge truck. I have a Dodge Dually Pick Up Truck. It is black. Much easier to grab a picture off line than to clean the truck up and take picture to convert to an avatar. And I can trade the on line ones at will. I would need money to trade my real truck. :tongue0011: :biggrin:
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Post by jafar00 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:48 am

I agree. Turkey is better off without the EU. They seem to be bending over backwards to change everything to make themselves acceptable to Europe but just end up looking foolish.
"Please let me in. I'll change. Honest!" *chortle*
There are those in the establishment in Turkey that almost worship Ataturk so I'm not surprised they would try to bury any criticisms of him.
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Post by Lad » Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:58 pm

Turkey wants Europe's money; not it's principles. They are not interested in conforming inwardly as a nation and this example so clearly demonstrates it. I would hate to be accused of something really properly criminal in Turkey...
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Post by DodgeFB » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:39 pm

[quote=Lad]
Turkey wants Europe's money; not it's principles. They are not interested in conforming inwardly as a nation and this example so clearly demonstrates it. I would hate to be accused of something really properly criminal in Turkey...
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WE (you & me) probably should stay out of Turkey. :rolleyes: Where we come from we can talk before we think. (not a good idea, but we can) They may not accept "oops I am sorry."

Then there we would be in a Turkish prison. And I would die of old age leaving you all alone.

Sorry my mind was beginning to wonder! :tongue:
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Post by jafar00 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:34 pm

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Then there we would be in a Turkish prison. And I would die of old age leaving you all alone.
Sorry my mind was beginning to wonder! :tongue:
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Hmm Turkish Prisons. Reminds me of CIA Extraordinary Renditions in secret prisons being tortured for no reason. Ah, but my mind begins to wander too :tongue:
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