House of Lords written question – answered on 15th February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Turkey about their blocking of websites, including YouTube, Geocities, Dailymotion, Google and the YouTube page of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Government have not made representations about the blocking of the websites mentioned. However, our embassy in Ankara regularly raises issues relating to media freedom in the context of wider discussions on human rights with its Turkish counterparts. We share the concerns raised in the 2010 OSCE (the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) report on freedom of the media and internet censorship and the 2011 European Union progress report, calling for improved access to the internet in Turkey. Turkey attended the London conference on cyberspace in November 2011, where there was general affirmation that cyberspace should remain open to innovation and the free flow of information.

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