Google protests Turkish YouTube ban

The Turkish government reversed an earlier decision to reinstate YouTube access after blocking the service last month

Google has filed a protest with the Turkish courts about the government's country-wide ban of YouTube, according to a Turkish newspaper.

The Hurriyet Daily News reported that attorney GAPnenASS GA1/4rkaynak filed a complaint on behalf of YouTube to the Turkish Constitutional Court protesting that the video-sharing service was blocked by the Turkey's Telecommunications Authority (T0B) without a court decision.

The lawyer also filed a lawsuit in the Ankara 4th Administrative Court, requesting a demand of a stay of execution and cancellation of the ban, the newspaper reported.

TIB blocked YouTube March 27, after audio recordings of a state security meeting concerning Syria were posted to the site.

TIB stated that the material had represented a threat against national security. The recording supposedly is of the Turkish head of intelligence calling for an attack of Syria.

The ban was lifted Saturday, but a local court, the GAPlba_1 Criminal Court of First Instance, reversed that decision, stating that the ban would continue until the "criminal content" was removed, according to the newspaper.

GA1/4rkaynak also represented Twitter when that company's service was banned by the Turkish government in March.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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