Turkey’s internet censorship bill passes through parliament

February 6, 2014 | By | Reply More

Feb 06, – Turkey’s Parliament on Wednesday approved measures which would allow the telecommunications authority to block websites for a privacy violation without seeking permission from a court.

hromedia Turkish Internet restrictions raise more concerns eu news3They would also force Internet providers to keep records on Web users’ activities for two years and make them available to authorities on request.

The legislation was passed as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is fighting a corruption scandal that has ensnared four former Cabinet ministers.

Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, said on Twitter Thursday that the legislation is a step back in an “already suffocating environment for media freedom.”

The measures still need to be signed into law by the president.

Press coordinator for HRO media – Norberto Lluch contributed to this report.

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