6th Feb 2014 – The Turkish parliament has approved a bill that would tighten government controls over the internet.The new law will allow Turkey’s telecommunications authority to block websites without first seeking a court ruling.It will also force internet providers to store data on web users’ activities for two years and make it available to the authorities. The opposition has criticised the move as an assault on freedom of expression.
Internet access in Turkey is already restricted and thousands of websites blocked. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been openly critical of the internet, calling Twitter a “scourge” and condemning social media as “the worst menace to society”.
Both Twitter and Facebook were widely used by anti-government protesters to spread information during demonstrations last year.