A Turkish Court recently ordered that YouTube be banned because of a video that insulted the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. It was no joke to them, and now YouTube fans in Turkey are going to have to go without their favorite videos.
Google Blogoscoped posted a screenshot of what people in Turkey see if they attempt to pay a visit. Bloggers in Turkey say they will fight this, and Boing Boing has posted a “defeat censorware” guide to help people get around it.
Turk Telecom provides all public Internet access in Turkey which means that blocking YouTube didn’t take much effort. A representative of Turk Telecom says, “We are not in the position of saying that what YouTube did was an insult, that it was right or wrong. A court decision was proposed to us, and we are doing what the court decision says.”
According to Forbes, Turkey has been rejected from the European Union for “not doing enough to curb extreme nationalist sentiments and to protect freedom of expression.” This is clearly one example of that. For now, Turks will have to go without YouTube and seek out alternatives.