In yet another hamfisted move to stop citizens talking about government corruption, the Turkish government has shut down YouTube.
At the heart of the problem were a series of videos which incriminate the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Edrogan, in a corruption scandal.
According to Webrazzi, “the videos included wiretapped sound recordings where, for example, the PM tells his son at home to hide large sums of money from the investigators. It is alleged to be around a couple of million dollars”.
The Turkish government demanded that they were taken down because they would result in an informed population. An informed population would not vote for a man involved with a corruption scandal.
Google refused to take down the videos and so Edrogan unleashed the hounds.
A Google spokespinner opined: “We’re seeing reports that some users are not able to access YouTube in Turkey. There is no technical issue on our side and we’re looking into the situation.”
It appears that all ISP in Turkey have been roped in to blocking the site.