Turkish Parliament approves Internet bill despite concerns

Turkey’s Parliament has passed a much-debated omnibus bill that includes controversial arrangements concerning the protection of online privacy amid concerns raised by the European Union as well as Turkish NGOs and opposition parties.The Turkish Journalists’ Association (TGC) has called on Turkish President Abdullah Gül to veto the bill, saying it violated a number of rights, including freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-parliament-approves-internet-bill-despite-concerns.aspx?pageID=238&nID=62088&NewsCatID=339Also see:Turkey pushes through new raft of ‘draconian’ internet restrictions
The Turkish government has been accused of imposing draconian censorship after pushing harsh new internet curbs through parliament. The internet law was met with outrage in Turkey on Wednesday night, with opposition parties accusing the government of wanting to introduce ever tighter control by bypassing the courts.The regulations were adopted after a heated parliamentary debate on Wednesday, during which one MP of the main opposition People’s Republican party (CHP) compared the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyıp Erdoğan, to Hitler. The law now needs to be signed by the Turkish president, Abdullah Gül, to come into effect.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/06/turkey-internet-law-censorship-democracy-threat-oppositionAmid Flow of Leaks, Turkey Moves to Crimp Internet
Shortly after an audio recording in which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is said to be heard talking about easing zoning laws for a construction tycoon in exchange for two villas for his family, SoundCloud, the file-sharing site where it was leaked last month, was suddenly unavailable to Internet users in Turkey.Other recordings, also apparently from wiretaps connected with a corruption inquiry linked to Mr. Erdogan and those close to him, have shown up on YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter and other social media sites. Often, just as quickly as they appear, they disappear, only to show up soon after somewhere else on the Internet, like a game of Whac-a-Mole.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/world/europe/amid-flow-of-leaks-turkey-moves-to-crimp-internet.htmlTurkey tightens internet controls as govt battles graft scandal
Turkey’s parliament has approved internet controls enabling web pages to be blocked within hours in what the opposition decried as part of a government bid to stifle a corruption scandal with methods more suited to “times of coups”.Social media and video sharing sites have been awash with alleged recordings of ministers including Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and business allies presented as proof of wrongdoing. Reuters has been unable to verify their authenticity.

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