Petition against internet censorship in Turkey

internet petition

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.

For more info and to sign the petition, should you wish to do so:

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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. 

Reply from Kavur to Erdogan: The Times open letter

A Turkish film producer and director Fuad Kavur, who signed the open letter to Turkey’s PM Erdogan in the Times Newspaper, has replied to Erdogan’s heavy comments about the celebrities who also signed the letter. Erdogan had made comments such as “those people must have got paid in order to sign the letter and they would not even be able to point out where Turkey is on the world map”. Kavur said that none of those people are in need of money and they are some of the top people in their professionalism. By saying that those people would not be able to show where Turkey is on the map, Erdogan also insults people for being illiterate, some of whom are the historian Andrew Mango who wrote many books about the history of Turkey and the very talented Turkish musician Fazil Say who both signed the letter.

Kavur added that he brought together the names who signed the letter and like the others, he signed the letter as he believed in what it said. He also reminded “If these events had happened in Britain and if the PM caused the death of 5 people, he would have resigned the next day and possibly would be taken to the court. Having the support of 50% of the population would not mean that Erdogan can do whatever he would like to do in Turkey.

On 24th July 2013, The Times newspaper in the UK published an open letter to Turkey’s PM Tayyip Erdogan, signed by 30 people who are well known actors, producers, directors, musicians, historians and authors.

For the related articles in Turkish:

For the original article in Turkish:


Petition to the UK government

Condemn the actions taken against peaceful protesters in Istanbul Turkey

Responsible department: Foreign and Commonwealth Office


There are gross human rights violations occurring in Istanbul, Turkey. Police have fired water cannons and smoke bombs into peaceful protests against the plans to put a development in the park Gezi in Taksim.

The government must condemn the disproportionate and violent response of the government to a peaceful protest, and instigate investigations into allegations of police attacks on A&E wards treating injured protesters.

[you don’t have to be UK citizen, residency in the UK is sufficient]

BBC suspends its partnership with NTV

BBC World Service Director, Peter Horrocks, has issued the following statement.

“The BBC is suspending its partnership with NTV in Turkey with immediate effect following NTV’s decision not to transmit the BBC programme Dunya Gundemi [World Agenda] today.

“Any interference in BBC broadcasting is totally unacceptable and at a time of considerable international concern about the situation in Turkey the BBC’s impartial service to audiences is vital.”

Further information

BBC Türkçe will continue to cover global events – including the events in Turkey – on all platforms, providing its audiences with independent, impartial and balanced reports and analysis.

Its TV programming will continue to be available for viewing via the website BBC Türkçe will continue to engage with its audiences via social media, on Facebook and Twitter.


There has been a petition to urge BBC to suspend its partnership with NTV. For links see:

International Federation of Musicians give their voice

In their letter to the Turkish Prime Minister, the leaders of Global Unions said “The global union movement is concerned that your Government has turned violent repression into a regular practice. It is still fresh in our minds that this year’s May Day Celebrations, which were supposed to take place in Taksim Square in Istanbul, turned into bloodshed with the attacks of the security forces on demonstrators using tear gas and other repressive methods. According to reports received, there are a number of injured people and thousands in custody.”

For full text:

International Federation of Musicians join the call to sign the petition by the Global Unions and DISK

Petition to BBC to drop NTV

We call on the BBC to protect its reputation for impartiality by suspending its partnership with NTV in Turkey and to refer the partnership to the BBC Trust to consider its permanent cancellation.


NTV has admitted that its lack of coverage of the outbreak of large scale and unprecedented protests in the centre of Turkey’s largest city was in direct response to political pressure.

And the BBC’s own coverage says NTV has “steered clear of covering the demonstrations” and is “loth to irritate the government because their owners’ business interests at times rely on government support.”

The BBC guidelines clearly state: “Any external relationship must not undermine the BBC’s core values of impartiality, editorial integrity, and independence.”