Since early morning of 18.06.2010 (01:00hrs approximately) the websites of the Ministry of Transportation (http://www.ubak.gov.tr/), Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) (http://www.tk.gov.tr/), and the Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TIB) (http://www.tib.gov.tr/) has been unaccessible. The three state bodies are responsible for Internet censorship and has been aggressively trying to make it impossible to access YouTube and Google related services from Turkey since 03 June 2010.
16 Jun 2010
Turkey?s Internet censorship hit the news this week when the country?s own president raised his objections to the policy on Twitter. Yaman Akdeniz explains the state?s recent struggles with Google and YouTube
Access to YouTube has been blocked from Turkey since a May 2008 order by an Ankara court. The order was issued because of 10 video clips involving defamatory statements and images about the founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. These clips were deemed illegal under Law No. 5816 ? ?Crimes Against Atatürk?. Access to such content can be blocked under Law No 5651 ? ?Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Suppression of Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publication? ? which came into force in November 2007.