Turkish parliament approves ‘Internet Censorship Bill’

ISTANBUL: Turkish parliament has adopted a new Internet bill which will tighten free access of content on the internet in Turkey. After hours of fierce debates between Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and opposition parties which were not happy with the law at any cost, the ’internet bill’ has been passed amid the ratio of 319 out of 550 seats in the favor of the government.

The law has raised many eyebrows in the journalist and human rights sections as Turkish government will now be able to take action under the constitution to all those who ‘insult’ the government or access content which can ‘violate privacy’ as stated in the internet bill.

The internet censorship law will be able to cut down websites and any ‘insulting’ social media outlets if they don’t amend the content within twenty-four hours. The law notably permits a government agency, the Telecommunications Communications Presidency (TIB), to block access to websites without court authorization, if they are deemed to violate the privacy or with content seen as “insulting.” https://theeasterntribune.com/

The legislation amends Turkey’s law 5651 of 2007, which already allows the government to block the online content which can be in any form, insulting to the Turkish government or national interest. It is important to note that Vimeo, Youtube and WordPress are already banned in Turkey according to an existing law. Turkish people have called this an act against freedom of speech and have demanded the Turkish PM to revert this bill.

Social media was extensively used by the opposition parties to jangle the Turkish regime on the corruption scandal against the Erdogan government in the past few months. The new law is perceived as an effort to barrier the outspoken opposition which has harmed the government image

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