Thursday, December 04, 2008

Turkish Government Asks U.S. Government To Help Locate Video Producers Who “Insulted Ataturk”

From Hürriyet News:
Turkey seeks names of YouTube’s Ataturk insulters from U.S. gov’t

Turkey’s public prosecutor in Ankara has asked U.S. authorities to determine the identities of YouTube users that have posted insulting videos of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, and hand them over to Turkey.

Ankara public prosecutor Kursat Kayral has requested the identities of YouTube users, who insult Ataturk, Turkey and the country’s flag from the United States Justice Ministry in order to launch an investigation into these users.

Those YouTube users determined to be living outside Turkey will be detained upon entering the country, pending the outcome of an inquest [sic].

A Turkish court in Ankara ordered a ban on the world’s largest video-sharing site, YouTube, in May in response to videos that it deemed insulting to Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice was unable to immediately confirm or deny the existence of such a request.

Developing . . .

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1 Comments:

Blogger James Pawlak said...

We Americans have been too often accused of being ignorant of other nations' and cultures' laws, mores and customs. It appears that the Turkish government is much too unaware of our Bill Of Rights.

4:35 PM  

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