Friday, January 25, 2008

Turkey: Access to YouTube Resumes

Access to the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube resumed on Thursday, six days after a court ordered it blocked because of clips allegedly insulting the country's founding father.

In March, another court blocked access to YouTube for two days after a complaint that some clips insulted Ataturk. Until Thursday, users trying to access YouTube from Turkey were met with a notice saying the Web site was blocked under a court order. The ban was lifted after YouTube removed the offending videos.

Turkey is not alone in blocking YouTube. Last year, the Thai government banned the site for about four months because of clips seen as offensive to Thailand's revered monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

It was not immediately known whether access resumed because clips deemed disrespectful to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were removed. Officials from the telecommunications company Turk Telekom — which implemented the court-ordered ban — could not be reached for comment and there was no immediate statement from YouTube.

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