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One week after the Turkish Government banned Twitter, and three days before the local (but nationwide) elections in Turkey, YouTube has also just been banned.

I will be adding more information and background as I can.

Update 1: According to media reports YouTube was banned as a 'precautionary measure' without a court order,  and all internet providers have been informed that they must implement the ban.

YouTube is still accessible at this time - 5:30pm local time in Turkey.

Update 2: There is a great deal of speculation that the ban is due to a recording released on YouTube today which is allegedly the Turkish Foreign Minister, the head of the Turkish intelligence service and a few other government officials discussing sending soldiers secretly to Syria so that they could attack Turkey and create a premise for Turkey to attack Syria, which could then be used for political gain in the upcoming elections.

Update 3: Some media are now reporting that the government has cited a first level threat to national security as justification for the ban.

Update 4: Some media have published a statement released by the Foreign Ministry which states that recording and releasing this top secret conversation is an act of spying and an attack on the nation's security and a crime of the highest degree.

Update 5: It is now being reported that all television and radio reporting about the recording which was released today on YouTube has been forbidden by the governmet citing national security.

Previous Posts about the Twitter Ban:

http://www.dailykos.com/...

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Previous Post about the Local Election this Sunday:

http://www.dailykos.com/...

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