- Days after shutting down access to Twitter, the government of Prime Minister Erdogan blocked YouTube and restricted local media ahead of critical local elections. The move came after a leaked recording hit the site apparently showing Turkey's foreign minister, spy chief, and a top general discussing ways to create a pretext for the country to attack Syria.
- Speaking at an election rally, Erdogan called the leak "villainous, cowardly, an dishonest." Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called it "a declaration of war."
- Turkish stocks brush off the clampdown, not to mention even higher tensions with Syria, climbing 2.2%. TUR +2.8% premarket
at Investor's Business Daily (Jan 12, 2015)