News Portals Shutdown by the State Regulator

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Year 18 Jul 2016 Country Turkey Category E. Other acts having chilling effects on media freedom Source of threat State Partner EFJ/IFJ , Article 19 , AEJ , Index Alert level Level 2
18 Jul 2016 Turkey E. Other acts having chilling effects on media freedom State EFJ/IFJ , Article 19 , AEJ , Index Level 2
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In the last 72 hours, following the attempted coup in Turkey, on 15 July 2016, the Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK, the State regulator) has shut down 20 independent online news portals, including Haberdar, Meydan, Medyascope, Gazeteport, Rotahaber, ABC, Karşı, etc. Visitors to these online news sites are faced with the following message: "After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the law Nr. 5651, administration measure has been taken for this website according to decision Nr. Xxxx dated 17/07/2016 of the Presidency of Telecommunication and Communication.” The shutdown has been strongly criticized by the Turkish Union of Journalists (TGS).

Updates

08 Aug 2016 : • 04/08: Access to Özgür Gün TV’s is blocked for a second time by the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) • 04/08: The TİB also blocked access to Özgür Gündem’s website for the third time since 26 July • 07/08: The Jin News Agency (JINHA) is closed for the eighth time
27 Jul 2016 : The websites of Dicle News Agency (DİHA) and Özgür Gündem were blocked by order of the Information and Communication Technologies authority (TİB) due to "administrative injunction" on 27 July 2016. Such a blocking is not the first of its kind since DiHA has been blocked 43 times this year and Özgür Gündem twice.

Follow-ups

01 Oct 2017 : The CoE Commissioner for Human Rights recalls that any restrictions on access to Internet content should be based on a clear and predictable framework affording guarantee of judicial oversight to prevent possible abuses.
20 Jul 2016 : Regretting “ that journalists were once more victims of violence, at the hands of coup plotters, as well as of citizens resisting them, and that access to several news media on the internet were blocked once more”, the Commissioner for Human Rights said that he “will be closely monitoring the situation in the coming days”.
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