07 Aug 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 07 Aug 2019 Turkey

Court Imposes Access Block on News Portals and Social Media

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
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On 16 July 2019, the 3rd Peace Judge at Ankara, Hasan Demirtaş, ordered the blocking of access to 136 internet resources, including “bianet” and “Gazete Fersude” news portals, under Article 8/A of the Internet Act relating to grounds of "national security". The ban targets 15 websites and dozens of social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest. It prevents access to at least 200,000 news stories on “bianet”, which has been broadcasting since November 2000. The main journalists' organisations in Turkey (TGS, TGC, DISK Press, CGD) have criticized the order as being unlawful and arbitrary.
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