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First Twitter, Now YouTube, Blocked in Turkey

Turkey has now blocked two forms of social media, with its banning of YouTube today, March 27. It is an indication of the growing desperation of the current Turkish leadership which is reeling from corruption scandals, a plummeting economy, and civil rights violations.
Erdoğan's raucous style of speaking, the dismissive way he treats his political opposition, his attention to religious trappings and his activist foreign policy in the Middle East arouses concerns among his opposition that he is trying to restore the Ottoman Empire and become a modern-day sultan.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
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In another indication of the freefall of the former shining democratic star of the Muslim world, Turkey has blocked YouTube. It happened today, Thursday, March 27.

The ban of this form of social media follows closely on the heels of Turkey’s ban on Twitter, last week.

Speculation in Turkey is that the shuttering of YouTube happened now because of an anonymous audio post which was claimed to be of the Turkish head of intelligence talking about a potential military strike against Syria. The intelligence head was said to have been talking to the deputy chief of the Turkish military and the Turkish foreign minister.

When Turks attempt to access YouTube, they receive a message which, translated into English, says: “Access has been blocked by the Telecommunication Communication Presidency.” Obviously something is lost in the translation, but the Turkish agency responsible for telecommunications, the the Communications Technologies Institution (BTK) was invested with has enormous powers under the recently passed Internet law.

Whatever the actual precipitating factor, the move has been threatened for some time. It is yet another indication of the desperate measures taken by the administration of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Erdoğan, referred to by U.S. President Barack Obama only two years ago as his “closest” ally in the Middle East, is reeling from corruption scandals and increasing concerns raised by western governments regarding his erratic actions.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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11 Responses to “First Twitter, Now YouTube, Blocked in Turkey”

  1. Don’t forget red nail polish !

  2. who cares? that’s in Turkey

  3. I guess they need to keep the Muslim population stupid.

  4. Romeo Singh says:

    PRAY FOR TURKEY…

  5. There r ways around that, people in turkey can send video to friend in other country via phone and they can post it, what are they hiding?

  6. turkeys get slaughtered.

  7. Loren Renee says:

    Unfortunate but understandable. Who thinks the sharia police will keep these open once they use these services for revolution? Naive.

  8. Loren Renee says:

    Remember that twitter and YouTube were very effective instruments for Islamic revolution in nearly half a dozen countries already.

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