Turkey blocks YouTube ahead of weekend elections

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

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  • gmmpa
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    And Obama wants to give up oversight of the Internet to the so called free world. Such a 21st century concept. Maybe we should take one step backwards into the 20th century rules of engagement.


    I am long TUR and scratching my head wondering how to read the behavior of the governments of the emerging market countries. Not that the developed nations of the world are better or more predictable.
    29 Mar 2014, 10:37 PM Reply Like
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