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TURKEY: YouTube banned, again, over sex-scandal video

November 4, 2010 |  6:34 am

Picture 5Turkey has reimposed a ban on YouTube after the site refused to remove footage linked to a political sex scandal that erupted earlier this year.

The ban was reinstated just days after being lifted following a similar disagreement over videos, deemed illegal by authorities, that make fun of Turkey's founding figure Mustafa Kamel Ataturk.

By Thursday, it appeared Turkey had blocked YouTube once again. The footage in question shows Turkey's main former opposition leader, Deniz Baykal, meeting a female staffer in a hotel room for a romantic tryst. Baykal resigned in May after the video surfaced.

Watch part of the footage here.

-- Meris Lutz in Beirut

Image: Screen shot of footage showing opposition leader Daniz Baykal meeting a female staffer in a hotel room. Credit: YouTube