Turkish court restores ban on YouTube

Thursday 04 November 2010 01:00 GMT

A Turkish court has reinstated a 30-month ban on YouTube just days after it was lifted, as a dispute continued over the video-sharing website's refusal to remove content deemed illegal in the EU candidate country.

Access to YouTube has been blocked by the Turkish government since May 2008 after users posted videos that Turkey says are insulting to the republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. On Saturday a court in Ankara lifted the ban, which has drawn widespread criticism of Ankara's restrictive internet laws.

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