And it appears that it has been blocked since March 2007 due to:
A court in Istanbul has issued an order denying access to the video-sharing website YouTube. The state owned Turk Telecom implemented the ban today after an escalating dispute between Greek and Turkish users of the site.
The court order was issued yesterday and most internet users logging onto the site in Turkey are met with a holding page with a Turkish message, which translates as: â€œAccess to this site has been denied by court order ! …â€.
Greek and Turkish YouTube users have been trading video insults over the past few months, attracting much coverage in the Turkish press. Greek videos reportedly accused the founding president of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, of homosexuality; a Turkish user responded by calling Greece the birthplace of homosexuality.
It is illegal to criticise either Ataturk or Turkishness in Turkey and the prosecutorâ€™s office in Istanbul acted despite YouTubeâ€™s agreement to take down the offending videos.
Turkey wishes to join the EU in the next round of enlargement and has been criticised for its failure to safeguard freedom of expression. The countryâ€™s most famous author, Orhan Pamuk, faced up to three years in jail after being charged with â€œinsulting Turkishnessâ€ after talking to a Swiss newspaper about Turkeyâ€™s human rights record. The case was dropped in January after international condemnation.
Now we know….
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