Turkey unblocks access to YouTube after 67 days
The Telecommunications Directorate (TÄ°B) unblocked access to YouTube on June 3, some 67 days after a ban that triggered global criticism of the Turkish governmentâs tightening grip on the Internet.
The decision entered into force only after the Constitutional Court ruled that the ban violated the rights of users and freedom of speech. The Court had also issued a similar ruling regarding the Twitter block, which was imposed less than a week before the block of YouTube, ahead of the March 30 local elections.
The Courtâs ruling was conveyed to TÄ°B on June 3, after which the latterâs YouTube block decision was removed from its website.
The government had moved to block access to YouTube after a recording of a secret Foreign Ministry meeting on Syria, attended by top officials, leaked online on March 27.
A series of individual applications were then filed to overturn the ban, including one by the company itself through its lawyer GÃ¶nenÃ§ GÃ¼rkaynak. Other applications came from the president of the Union of Turkeyâs Bar Associations (TBB), Metin FeyzioÄlu, and independent lawyer Kerem AltÄ±parmak.
The previous ruling to unblock Twitter had triggered a major row between the Constitutional Court and the government. The government claimed that Turkeyâs top judicial organ had abused its powers by taking action before the exhaustion of all legal means.