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Turkey keeps YouTube under ban despite court rulings

Published on Apr 10, 2014 5:21 PM

ISTANBUL (REUTERS) - Turkish authorities on Thursday defied court orders and reaffirmed a ban on YouTube.

The ban was imposed after illicit recordings of top secret security talks were posted on YouTube which were cited by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as part of a "dirty campaign" to topple him.

Authorities imposed the ban on Google's video-sharing site on March 27 in the build-up to local elections, after weeks of leaked wiretaps which had emerged online, allegedly uncovering corruption in Mr Erdogan's inner circle. Mr Erdogan emerged from the polls with his popularity largely intact.

Turkey's telecoms regulator said on Thursday it would not end a block on YouTube, despite court rulings lifting the ban.

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