Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan made a formal complaint with the country’s constitutional court on Friday, calling secret recordings spread on social media a violation of his family’s rights.
Erdogan is challenging the court’s decision to lift a ban on Twitter and YouTube after the premier’s government blocked the social media sites on March 21 - during the lead-up to local elections - for not blocking secret audio recordings featuring him, family members, and figures of his inner circle allegedly dealing in corruption.
The Twitter block was lifted in early April after the constitutional court ruled that it violated freedom of expression in Turkey. Erdogan has aggressively opposed the decision, saying the judiciary is stocked with political critics. YouTube is still blocked in the country.
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