Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey.

Google has filed a protest with the Turkish courts about the government’s country-wide ban of YouTube, according to a Turkish newspaper.

The Hurriyet Daily News reported that attorney Gönenç Gürkaynak filed a complaint on behalf of YouTube to the Turkish Constitutional Court protesting that the video-sharing service was blocked by the Turkey’s Telecommunications Authority (T0B) without a court decision.


The lawyer also filed a lawsuit in the Ankara 4th Administrative Court, requesting a demand of a stay of execution and cancellation of the ban, the newspaper reported.

TIB blocked YouTube March 27, after audio recordings of a state security meeting concerning Syria were posted to the site.

TIB stated that the material had represented a threat against national security. The recording supposedly is of the Turkish head of intelligence calling for an attack of Syria.