Turkey, Thailand Give YouTube More Trouble

    September 24, 2007

No one likes “The Song That Never Ends,” but I’m starting to think it’s less annoying than YouTube’s ongoing difficulties in Turkey and Thailand.  Google’s video-sharing site is once again banned in the first country, and is facing a ban in the second.

The cases are unrelated, although there are similarities – videos insulting Ataturk and the king of Thailand are behind the longstanding problems.  Of course, it’s also YouTube’s users – not YouTube itself – who are behind the problems, but the Turkish and Thai governments appear to have trouble understanding (or caring about) this fact.

YouTube’s willing to skip a discussion of the matter, however; a Reporters Without Borders article relayed, “YouTube issued a statement saying it was ready to cooperate with the authorities in order to resolve the problem.”  That statement was in reference to the Turkish ban, but it’s reasonable to believe a similar approach will be taken in Thailand.

And as always, Reporters Without Borders and other free speech advocates are upset about it.  “Reporters Without Borders condemns a court ruling on 18 September ordering Internet Service Providers to block access to the video-sharing website,” the organization announced.

We’ve heard it all before from both sides.  Unfortunately, there’s no reason to believe that we won’t soon hear it all again.