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November 1, 2010

Turkey lifts ban on YouTube

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Turkey lifts ban on YouTube

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Screenshot of the message YouTube visitors in Turkey used to find

Turkey has lifted its ban on YouTube, more than two years after it blocked access to the video-sharing website. The government blocked access because the site contains videos deemed insulting to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the country’s founder. Atatürk founded the country in 1923.

Türk Telekom was ordered to block access to YouTube in May 2008 after Greek users posted some videos insulting the country’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. As a candidate of the European Union, Turkey implemented reforms in regards to freedom of expression. Under article 301 of the Turkish penal code, public denigration of Turkishness, the Republic of Turkey, Atatürk, and other national symbols, is a crime in Turkey.

The ban was widely criticised by many Turks, even by the President Abdullah Gül who used his Twitter page to condemn the move.

Minister of Transport Binali Yıldırım said “The reasons for the YouTube ban do not exist anymore, because the offending videos had been removed. YouTube will hopefully carry out its operations in Turkey within the limits of law in the future.”

YouTube issued a statement saying that some of the offending material was removed by third parties, and not the website itself. YouTube says the videos were removed after someone used the automated copyright complaint service.

“We want to be clear that a third party, not YouTube, have apparently removed some of the videos that have caused the blocking of YouTube in Turkey using our automated copyright complaint process,” said YouTube in its statement. An investigation is being carried out to determine if the complaints were made according to the site’s terms of use.



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May 14, 2008

Queen Elizabeth visits Turkey

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Queen Elizabeth visits Turkey

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Queen Elizabeth II, the UK and Commonwealth Realms head of state, recently arrived in Turkey. She said in a speech made on arrival that she was “delighted to be back in Turkey more than 36 years after our last visit of which we have many happy memories.”

The Queen in 2007

Her Majesty continued, “here in 1971, I remarked on the tremendous achievement of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in guiding this country of rich and ancient traditions along a course towards a modern, enlightened and democratic state.”

The Queen praised Turkey for its efforts on democracy. “One could hardly have imagined then the further strides that Turkey would take to become today’s confident and dynamic democracy. In this new century, we can celebrate the links between our two countries [Turkey and the UK] as being stronger than ever.”

On the relationship between Turkey and the UK, the Queen commented as follows:

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—Queen Elizabeth II



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April 16, 2006

Antalya to host children from 40 countries

Antalya to host children from 40 countries

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Province Antalya in Turkey

The city of Antalya, Turkey, is going to host almost 1000 children from 40 countries on April 23, the International Children’s Day. The children will march through the city and perform special performances. This day was declared International Children’s Day by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk to indicate how important children are for the future of the country.

This day, Turkish children representatives replace officials of various ranks, including the Prime Minister, the President and Ministers, governors of provinces and even the parliamentarians in the House of Parliament, where the children representatives discuss topics concerning children’s issues.

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