In tweet from Turkish President Abdullah Gül on June 4th, he made a direct response to the censorship actions that the Turkish government took to block access to www.youtube.com. In translation, it reads
“About Turkey’s YouTube prohibition: I don’t approve of the state’s blocking of Google categories. Legal channels can be found.”
After slowdowns and loss of access started occurring over a variety of Google services in Turkey last week (see earlier blog post here), this statement, if sincere, gives some hope for a more transparent process regarding internet regulation or deregulation in the future.