Turkey Blocks Kurdish News Websites

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Year 21 Aug 2015 Country Turkey Category E. Other acts having chilling effects on media freedom Source of threat State Partner AEJ , Article 19 , EFJ/IFJ Alert level Level 2
21 Aug 2015 Turkey E. Other acts having chilling effects on media freedom State AEJ , Article 19 , EFJ/IFJ Level 2
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On 25 July 2015, the Ankara Gölbaşı Penal Court of Peace ruled to block 96 Kurdish websites in Turkey, many of which were news websites, after receiving a complaint from the Turkish Communications Authority that the wesbites were spreading terrorist propaganda. Among the blocked news websites were ANF (Ajansa Nûçeyan a Firatê – Fırat News Agency), DİHA (Dicle Haber Ajansı – Dicle News Agency), ETHA (Etkin Haber Ajansı – Etkin News Agency), and local online newspaper Yüksekova Haber. The website blocking comes at a time of a crackdown on free expression in Turkey in the wake of a terrorist bombing in the Turkish town of Suruc, which is located near the border with Syria. All people have a right to access information, including images, on matters of public interest, which include terrorist attacks and the government’s response to them.

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26 Sep 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.
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