US, EU officials react to Turkey's YouTube ban
WASHINGTON / BRUSSELSOfficials from the United States and the European Union have reacted to the Turkish government's move to block access to YouTube, hours after leaked recordings of a key security meeting were published on the video sharing website.
Marie Harf, U.S. State Department deputy spokesperson, has answered a question on the issue during the press briefing March 27. Harf repeated that Washington is against any violation of free speech and calls Ankara to unblock access to YouTube, as well as Twitter.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has raised the Turkish government's blocking of Twitter at the OSCE's Permanent Council session March 27.
After voicing concern over the ban, Daniel B. Baer, the US' ambassador to the OSCE, called Turkey to refrain from adopting similar "unlawful limitations." Revoking the Twitter ban aside, Ankara blocked YouTube, too, hours after Baer spoke at the OSCE meeting in Vienna.
Several EU officials, on the other hand, have voiced their concerns through Twitter. Here are some reactions:
2. #Turkey: freedom of sharing information needs to be respected, any limitation needs to be proportionate— Štefan Füle (@StefanFuleEU) 27 Mart 2014