Turkey lifts Youtube ban

Turkish internet users will once again be able to watch Chocolate Rain, Afro Ninja, Tron Guy and the dramatic chipmunk after a court lifted a ban on YouTube. The decision to block the popular video sharing website in May was taken in response to the posting of a number of videos which were judged as being offensive to the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Hundreds of Turkish websites protested against the growth of internet censorship in the Eurasian republic by voluntarily blocking their content. The move worked as the authorities have decided to reverse their decision and unblock access to YouTube.

The Turkish government can block websites if they are considered insulting to Atatürk, encourage suicide or contain child pornography. But Internet censorship has become something of a black mark in Turkey's bid to join the EU, with concerns growing over restrictions on press freedom.

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