Rejection of Ban on Twitter Slammed by Erdogan

The Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has no respect for the ruling by the Constitutional Court that has lifted a ban on Twitter that had been in place for over two weeks. However, he did say that he would comply with the court’s decision.

The comments by Prime Minister Erdogan at a Friday news conference come just a day after the social media service, which is based in the United States had been reinstated in Turkey.

Erdogan said his government had complied with the ruling because it came from the Constitutional Court. He added that the government had given instruction to their friends and acted accordingly. However, he did say he did not respect the decision.

Erdogan had ordered Twitter banned in the run up to important local elections, after the social media short message site was used to help circulate files that contained audio suggesting Erdogan had been involved with corruption, along with his family and close allies.

Earlier this week Turkey’s top court ruled the ban had been a violation of free speech.

However, YouTube is still blocked in the country. The government placed that ban when the site circulated an audio recording it thought was of top officials in Turkey discussing their plans for a military intervention in the civil war in Syria.

The ban on YouTube is also the subject of legal challenges that are currently ongoing. Both of the bans have drawn condemnation from the international community.

Erdogan described the leaking of the audio files as an attempt to villainously discredit him and his party – Justice and Development – prior to the elections, which were held this past Sunday.

Erdogan claimed party victory in the elections that for many were considered a referendum of how his rule is perceived by the voter.

On Friday, Erdogan warned that the moral and national values of Turkey had been pushed aside. He said that insults to the prime minister of the country and its ministers were taking place everywhere.

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