Turkish court makes YouTube a fad of the past

WORLD DIGEST

March 08, 2007|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Looking to check out the latest videos of cavorting kittens and lovelorn lip-synchers on YouTube? If you live in Turkey, you're out of luck.

A Turkish court, acting on a prosecutor's recommendation, ordered the blocking yesterday of access to the popular free video-sharing Web site because it featured clips that allegedly insulted Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkish state.

Within hours, visitors accessing YouTube.com from Turkey were greeted with a message saying that access to the site had been suspended in accordance with the court decision.

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