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.
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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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