Turkish courts have been really quick to ban various websites for flimsy reasons. A few years ago it went back and forth a few times
before banning YouTube entirely, just because of a juvenile video on the site. However, it's now been nearly two years since the last YouTube ban was put in place, and it hasn't been lifted. Apparently, a bunch of Turkish reporters are now realizing how bad this looks for Turkey
, and are asking the country to fix things and reinstate YouTube. Apparently, there have been numerous blog protests in the past, but now mainstream reporters are taking up the cause as well.
We as Turkish technology journalists have stressed the importance of a free Internet over and over again. Hurriyet Daily News & Economic Review did a remarkable job by documenting non-censored computers for the use of the IMF and World Bank delegations during their summit this summer. We said it was not a clever move to try to hide something you are ashamed of, especially if the rest of the world knows about it. The fact that Iran is on the same level as Turkey in terms of free Internet is a shame on the politicians of a free, democratic society. Just as Iran, Turkey would like to create a national search engine and a national Internet, which is an oxymoron to many.
Also interesting, is the claim that the Prime Minister has admitted that he has "changed [his] DNS settings [to] access YouTube..." which certainly suggests that pretty much everyone recognizes this ban is completely pointless, and seems to only serve the purpose of making Turkey look bad.