Thursday, March 08, 2007

Turkey Blocks Youtube

Turkey joins China and South Korea in restricting residents internet access:

"Following a decision rendered by the Istanbul Court of Peace, Turk Telekom, a Turkish Internet service provider, is denying Internet access to the popular Web site You Tube.

The court delivered the verdict due to videos on the Web site, which, according to the court, contained insults to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. These videos have been uploaded from Greece. Actually since Jan. 5, there has been a Greek-Turkish clash on You Tube. A three-minute video was uploaded to YouTube from Turkey, showing homosexuals with Greek flags which outraged Greeks. Then, a YouTube user from Greece with the username "Stavraetos" uploaded an animation video onto YouTube in which Atatürk applies lipstick. The video was around 33 seconds in length. After receiving almost 220,000 letters , YouTube removed the video."

"Kürşat Çetinkoz, head of the Liberal Office, an organization for freedoms, said it was a case of censorship and not acceptable. "You Tube is very useful in sharing videos and information. Closing the site for a single tasteless video of some fanatic Greeks is just like burning a blanket for one small flea."

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