Turkey: corruption scandal announced thru the web, gov legislate against, and people react

via Revolution News


Protests against a new bill that will increase internet censorship in Turkey took to the streets tonight in Istanbul, Ankara, Adana, Izmir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Mersin, Antalya and Bodrum.  People protested and marched peacefully but were again met by the now routine violent response from Turkish police. The use of water cannons, tear gas, plastic bullets, pepper spray and violent arrests to disperse the protest.

Since Dec. 17, Turkey’s political agenda has been dominated by the corruption cases. Within this political atmosphere, Act 5651 for the regulation of web content is being revised in the framework of an omnibus bill prepared by the Ministry of Family and Social Policy. This draft bill is criticized for paving the way for increased control of online content. Hurriyet

Freedom of speech is already restricted in Turkey in many ways through bans, arrests of journalists and alleged pressure by politicians. A report by a committee to protect journalists defines Turkey as the “world’s leading jailer of journalists” in 2013. In the same year, Turkey ranked 154 out of 179 countries in the Press Freedom Index by Reporters without Borders.


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