YouTube Access Resumes in Turkey

28 January 2008

ANKARA: Turkish censors have restored access to video-sharing website YouTube six days after the plug was pulled over clips deemed to be insulting to the country's founder.

The is the second occasion on which the Google-owned site has been banned in Turkey because of videos allegedly disrespectful to the memory of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who established the modern nation in the early 20th century following the fall of the Ottoman empire.

In March last year YouTube was blocked for two days, but the ban was lifted after the videos were removed. It has not been revealed whether the same action has been taken in this latest instance.

Turkey's actions may not endear it to the European Union, to which it is seeking membership. The country is under pressure to improve its freedom of expression record.

Thailand and Morocco have also taken blocking action against YouTube in the last year over videos considered offensive to the former's king, and critical of the latter's treatment of people in Western Sahara.

  • Meantime, YouTube is extending its mobile range from a handful of phones to devices used by 100 million people.

    The company says the offering will be "the full ... experience you can get on the desktop - on the phone."

    Currently the service is available only to users of Apple'siPhone and Helio devices.

  • Data sourced from International Herald-Tribune; additional content by WARC staff