Google protests Turkish YouTube ban

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 Gönenç Gürkaynak 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 Gölba_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.

Gürkaynak 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.

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