In its statement, the BTK said the court ruling requests that certain videos be removed by YouTube and if the company fails to do so, access to entire website will be blocked by the telecommunication authorities. It added that those 15 videos include libelous content against Atatürk, which is criminalized in Turkey.
Turkey banned access to YouTube after a leaked meeting between top security officials made its way to the video-sharing website. The Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) cited a March 27 ruling from the Gölbaşı Criminal Court of Peace in doing so.
Following a Constitutional Court ruling on Thursday that blocking access to Twitter is a violation of free speech, the Gölbaşı court on Friday changed its ruling, this time ordering only a block on access to 15 videos on YouTube instead of the entire site.
The court offered a self-criticism in its latest ruling, saying its earlier ruling was a “major intervention into freedom of speech, a fundamental value of a democratic society.”
The court notified both the TİB and the BTK, which should have then lifted the ban, but did not.
In the recording that reportedly caused the ban on YouTube, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu and Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler can be heard discussing a possible intervention in Syria and potential responses from the international community.