European court slams Turkey over YouTube ban

Erdogan has previously threatened drastic steps to censor the Internet, including shutting down Facebook and YouTube. (File photo: AP)

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Turkey violated the European Convention on Human Rights by blocking access to YouTube.

A group of three Turkish law teachers had taken the case to the court in 2010 after a Turkish criminal court ordered the blocking of access to YouTube for over two years due to the presence of over 10 videos deemed “insulting to the memory” of Mustapha Kemal Ataturk – the founding father of modern Turkey.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that the blocking order had affected the teachers’ “right to receive and impart information” and that there had been a “violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47
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