Turkish courts have banned over 1,000 websites. But, with the prime minister admitting to looking at one of the banned sites it leaves many people confused as to what the ban means.
Did you know that Turkey has one of the highest rates of internet censorship in the world? It seems that anyone with a grudge against a website can rock up to court and get a web site banned.
To date over 1,000 website have been banned including the international top website ‘YouTube’.
But pressure is mounting from inside and outside Turkey to lift the bans.
The latest critic of court actions is the British MEP Richard Howitt, the vice president of the European Parliament’s Human Rights Sub-Committee. He said that Turkey needs to embrace the new communication media rather than stifle it especially as it is a candidate for EU membership.
Last week the Turkish Prime Minister surprised everyone when he said that he regularly views ‘YouTube’ and that ‘you’ should too.
This has left many people confused as to what the ban means and to question why accessing the banned sites remains illegal under Turkish law.
But the issue is that banning content on the internet is almost impossible. Just ask any Turkish school child how to access the banned website ‘YouTube’ and they’ll show you how.
It really is so easy to bypass the ‘ban’ that it’s all but childs play.