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Turkey high court demands access is restored to Twitter

Published 02/04/2014 | 17:02

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Turkey's highest court has ruled that the country's Twitter ban violates the right to free expression and has demanded that access be restored.

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Wednesday's decision by the Constitutional Court is binding but it was not clear when the telecommunications authority would reinstate access.

Turkey suspended access to Twitter last month after the website became a conduit for links to recordings suggesting government corruption.

The government then blocked access to YouTube following the leak of an audio recording of a secret government security meeting.

A lower court had also ordered that access to Twitter be restored but authorities said they had 30 days to implement the order and would appeal.

Many tech-savvy users, including President Abdullah Gul, found ways to circumvent the ban on both Twitter and YouTube.

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