26 Sep 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 21 Aug 2015 n° 50/2015 Turkey

Turkey Blocks Kurdish News Websites

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner AEJ Article 19 EFJ/IFJ
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Partner AEJ Article 19 EFJ/IFJ
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.
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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