On the evening of 5 February 2014, the Turkish parliament voted into law a series of measures that will tighten government control over the Internet, give it unrestricted access to users’ online activities, and increase its ability to block online content arbitrarily, without a court order. Parliament passed the measures without any broader consultation or sufficient expert input.
The law comes on the heels of countrywide anti-government protests in 2013 and amidst a high profile corruption scandal implicating senior government figures, much of which has been playing out online. The new legislation would severely restrict the dissemination of information, which the government deems to be against its interests. The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressed his contempt for social media on a number of occasions, calling networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook “the worst menace to society” at the height of last year’s protests.
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NOTE FROM TRANSLATING TAKSIM:
There are hundreds of petitions open, at any given time, against one thing or another in Turkey, thousands in the rest of the world. We don’t often disseminate the petition links. We wouldn’t have time to write anything else.
However, this one is important for the existence of sites like translatingtaksim. Not only that the law may ban the access to this blog from Turkey but also make it impossible for blogs like this to be online in the country.
Seeing the freedoms of speech and freedom of access to information are the fundamental right underlying the ability to make / contribute to / oppose any policy in any field, we are sharing this petition.