Google Appeals Against YouTube Ban in Turkey

YouTube cafeGoogle has filed three appeals in Turkish courts against the ban on its YouTube website imposed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, the WSJ has reported.

Google has said that it has filed three different petitions challenging the YouTube ban which the government had imposed ahead of local elections in March.

The three appeals were filed in administrative, constitutional and criminal courts of Turkey. Turkey has stressed in the appeals that the ban on YouTube is “overboard” going by the Turkish laws. Google has challenged the ban in the constitutional court based on the provisions of freedom of speech.

These appeals are latest in Google’s efforts to build pressure on the Turkish government to lift a week and a half long ban on YouTube which was triggered by posting of videos by users with alleged evidence of corruption of inner circle of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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