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Turkey's top court rules YouTube ban violates rights

Published on May 29, 2014 11:20 PM

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey's top court ruled on Thursday that a blanket ban on the popular video-sharing site YouTube violated individual rights and freedoms, the prime minister's office said.

YouTube has been banned in Turkey since March 27 after the site was used to spread audio recordings in which the voices of senior government, military and intelligence officials can be heard weighing possible military action inside war-torn Syria.

The decision was in response to individual complaints to the constitutional court on the grounds of a breach of rights, the PM's office said.

The court decision is "binding" and access to YouTube could be granted in the coming hours, the private NTV television channel reported.

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