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Turkey Bans Twitter Ahead of March Elections

Posted March 21st, 2014 at 12:04 pm (UTC+0)
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In an astonishing move aimed at curbing the spread of information ahead of March 30 presidential elections, Turkey’s courts have blocked Twitter.  The move came within hours of comments made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to supporters during a campaign rally: “Twitter, mwitter!,” Erdogan told supporters at a rally late on Thursday.  That’s a […]

Turkey: Tightening Up on Free Speech

Posted February 6th, 2014 at 3:55 pm (UTC+0)
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  Turkey this week took a step toward stifling critics and limiting free speech.  Parliament passed a new law Wednesday which, if signed by President Abdullah Gül, will allow communication authorities to block access to internet sites within four hours–even without a court order. The legislation will require web hosts to store all internet browsing histories […]

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