​Turkey ramps up internet censorship despite protests


Turkey’s parliament has passed legislation which toughens government control over the internet. Critics say PM Tayyip Erdogan’s government is attacking freedom of expression and investigative journalism with the move.

The bill, which is yet to be signed into law by the Turkish president, would allow the authorities to block websites without a court order within just hours. It also requires that internet service providers (ISPs) store data on their clients’ online activities for two years and provide it to the authorities on request.

The legislation amends Turkey’s law 5651 of 2007, which already gives the government authority for online censorship. It allows the blocking of websites violating Turkish law. The prohibited content includes criticism of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, promotion of suicide, online gambling available for minors and pirated media.

Among the sites blocked or fined under the law were video sharing services YouTube and Vimeo…

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