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    Turkey to open Youtube if Ataturk videos removed

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    16.10.2008 - 14:51 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkey would annul the ban on the popular video-sharing website YouTube if it removes the videos insulting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, a minister said on Wednesday.

    A Turkish court in Ankara ordered the ban on YouTube in May in response to videos that it deemed insulting to Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.

    "We will annul the ban. But they will continue to insult Ataturk. Can a Turkish citizen consent to this?" Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim was quoted by Dogan News Agency as telling reporters.

    Turkey briefly imposed bans on access to YouTube on similar grounds in the past, but access was later restored after the website removed the videos.

    Under Turkish law, it is a crime to insult Ataturk.

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