Turkey lifts ban on access to YouTube

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 3

Turkey has lifted the ban on the access to the YouTube video service, Turkish Anadolu agency reported on June 3.

The decision on blocking the video service has been removed from the official website of Turkey's Information and Communications Technologies Authority, according to the report.

Turkey's Constitutional Court issued a ruling that the blocking of video service is a violation of human rights, freedom of expression and freedom of speech.

Turkey's Information and Communications Technologies Authority and the Communications Ministry were ordered to unblock YouTube in the Turkish segment of the Internet, in accordance with the court's decision.

The audio of a secret meeting on the situation in Syria which involved the heads of the intelligence service and the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces was uploaded on to YouTube on March 27. Subsequently YouTube access was blocked in Turkey.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that this leaking of information is in the interests of the Syrian regime, terrorist groups and Al Qaeda.

"This actually equates to a declaration of war," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on March 28 while commenting on this situation.

"The country will do everything possible to reveal and punish the perpetrators of such acts," Davutoglu added.

Moreover, Davutoglu stressed that the wiretapping of the Turkish power structures conversation equates to espionage against the country.

Earlier, the access to Twitter microblogging network was also unblocked in Turkey.

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