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Turkish Constitutional Court Rules Twitter Ban Violates Rights

The government also blocked access to YouTube following the leak of an audio recording of a secret government security meeting.
The government also blocked access to YouTube following the leak of an audio recording of a secret government security meeting.
Turkey's highest court has ruled that the government's ban on Twitter violates freedom of expression and individual rights.

In its ruling on April 2, the court demanded that the authorities restore access to the social-media site.

The government blocked access to Twitter late last month, just days before nationwide local elections, after the site was used to spread audio recordings that allegedly implicated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and close associates in a corruption scandal.

The government also blocked access to YouTube following the leak of an audio recording of a secret government security meeting.

The closure of the two social-media sites sparked a public outcry among Turks and was criticized by international rights groups and Turkey's Western allies.

President Abdullah Gul flouted the Twitter ban by using his Twitter account to criticize it.
 
Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

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