Turkey stuffs YouTube (again)
Much ado about Ataturk
A Turkish court has banned YouTube access after someone complained that the world's most popular video sharer was hosting clips that insulted the country's founding father. And, yes, you've heard all this before.
In response to a Turkish resident who stumbled onto YouTube videos badmouthing not only Mustafa Kemal Ataturk but President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the national army, the court has ordered the Turkish Telecommunications Board to block access to the entire site, The AFP reports.
Much the same thing happened this past March, when a court order forced the country's largest telecommunications provider, Turk Telekom, to put the kibosh on YouTube access.
That ban lasted but two days. Turk Telecom removed a video that insulted Ataturk, whose memory is protected by Turkish law, and access to the site was soon restored. But just six months later, another blackout seems imminent.
YouTube didn't respond to our request for comment, but the Google-owned company told the Anatolia news agency that is was "ready to cooperate with Turkish authorities to resolve the dispute". We'll see about that. ®
STOP HATE !
Unfortunately Suzan Deyhim and her likes, instead of enjoying the life and avoiding the HATE, taking every oppportunity (including this IT website) to pour out their HATE against a nation, based on HIStory percieved to be real by some.
19th and 20th Centuries were wasted by ALL of us trying to inflict pain on eachother.
In fact. All sufffered at the hands of ALL. Victims have also been the the criminals. Lets not make the same mistake. Internet should not be an arean to HATE but to communicate constructively.
Suzan Deyhim's comments precisely pictures what is wrong with YT. YT, instead of being a great communication tool, is being abused by AHTE mongor to insult others. This is not Free Speech. It is open insult.
The Register is not YT. Stop using it as such.
...the French have heroes?
Oh my! What a cosmopolitan, tolerant bunch we have on today!
Lots of "my" definitions of what is and is not 'democratic'. Lots of "my" opinions on whether culturally revered figures should or should not be mocked. Lots of "my" suggestions on what Turkey should and should not be doing.
Folks, Turkey has occupied the borderland between a caucasian/European culture and an semitic/Arabian culture for a very long time. No, they're not like us (in the west) and, no, their values do not exactly mirror ours. This has nothing to do with whether or not they're democratic (by their definition), what they respect or how they react to perceived insults.
And none of the above is grounds for jeering and disrespect.