Turkey’s Davutoglu Defends YouTube Ban

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

ANKARA (AP)—Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has defended Turkey’s move to block access to YouTube, citing national security concerns.

Turkey shut down access to the video-sharing website on Thursday, after an audio recording of a government security meeting was leaked. In the recording, senior officials appeared to be discussing a possible military intervention in Syria.

Davutoglu said the telecommunications authority requested that YouTube take down the audio recording but the company did not remove it.

Turkey last week also suspended access to Twitter, which has been a conduit for links to recordings that suggest government corruption.

“Nothing is more important than Turkey’s security, the well-being of the people or the individual rights of our citizens,” Davutoglu said.


Discussion Policy

Comments are welcomed and encouraged. Though you are fully responsible for the content you post, comments that include profanity, personal attacks or other inappropriate material will not be permitted. Asbarez reserves the right to block users who violate any of our posting standards and policies.


  1. Vindicated Man said:

    This whole story isn’t receiving the attention it deserves, IMO. As though nothing happened.

  2. GB said:

    “Nothing is more important than Turkey’s security”. I wonder how this nation wants to join European civilization, where these 3 hyenas (Rajab. Davood, Abdullah) running their herds like wild beast!

  3. john goncuian said:

    I do not think anybody leaked any information without government’s approval. This is just to create an excuse to shut down you tube in TURKEY. P.M. Erdogan has political problems domestically while trying to divert attention by shooting down a Syrian jet and eliminating news sources that can harm him.

  4. vartan said:

    Turkey is trying to become a member of EU countries . Are you kidding they are 1400 years behind civilization . humanity . and history. they belong to Central Asia. where they come from. backward. dumb. inhuman and uncivilized it is time for US and EU countries to open their ears and eyes turkish govrnment directrily supports al caida and alnusra. they are terorist organizations and operating from turkey it is time to stop hypocracy. dubble standards. and US SPECIALY EUROPE must stop and distroy them they are whithin few miles of Europes border!!!!!!!!!.

  5. GB said:

    This is a shame for US and civilized world, where a genocidal and denialist country deny their own citizens rights and preaching others for liberty and freedom. Turkey’s three AKP amigos know how to fool the world and cover up their own internal mess!

  6. Josef said:

    Wow these monguls are worse then the Soviets! Ya good idea block the Turkish youth from the truth then what?

Leave a Reply to vartan Cancel reply