Turkey lifts controversial YouTube ban

Tuesday 03 June 2014 23.27
The media-sharing site has been blocked in Turkey since 27 March
The media-sharing site has been blocked in Turkey since 27 March

Turkey has lifted a controversial ban on YouTube, days after the country's top court ruled that it breached the right to free speech.

The media-sharing site was blocked in Turkey on 27 March after it was used to leak alleged audio recordings of top government, military and spy officials discussing military action in neighbouring war-torn Syria.

Internet users in Turkey were widely able to access YouTube after the the telecoms authority (TIB) lifted the block on the site.

Turkey's constitutional court ruled last Thursday that the ban on YouTube violated individual rights and freedoms, clearing the way for access to the service to be revived following the two-month ban.

"The ban has been lifted in line with the constitutional court order," a TIB official told AFP.

The government earlier scrapped a similar ban on Twitter, which was also blocked in March after it was used to spread damaging anonymous leaks implicating Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his key allies in corruption.

The ban on social media sites in the lead-up to the March local elections, in which Mr Erdogan's ruling party won a sweeping victory, were criticised as a step backward for Turkey's democracy.

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