Zuckerberg’s free-speech rhetoric proves empty as Facebook censors Charlie …
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“In comparison with Twitter and YouTube, Facebook cooperates with the Turkish authorities much better,” Yaman Akdeniz, a professor in cyberlaw at Bilgi University in Istambul, told the New York Times. “Therefore it’s not surprising that Facebook .
Turkey has been a bastion of Internet censorship for so long that EFF could write a regular feature called This Week in Turkish Internet Censorship and never run out of content. Last year’s highlights included the Turkish government blockingTwitter and YouTube—bans that triggered widespread protest and were eventually lifted by order of the Constitutional Court, citing concerns over free expression. Now, less than a month into 2015, Turkish authorities are already using the threat of new bans to bully social media companies into blocking content for them.
Facebook blocks Turkish users from viewing pages deemed offensive to Prophet …
This comes on the heels of an ongoing government crackdown on critical political expression in Turkey. “There is a continuous, routine crackdown on media,” said Erkan Saka, a communications professor and new media expert at Istanbul’sBilgi University.
Specially authorized courts to be reintroduced
Both changes to the law allowed the release of the former suspects in the Ergenekon coup case, as they had been in detention pending trial since the case was launched in 2008. The release of the Ergenekon suspects drew criticism from opposition parties …
Ahmet Davutoglu in December, 2014. Demotix/Konstantinos Tsakalidis. All rights reserved.This is a follow-up to an interview Richard Falk conducted with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu on September 28 2014. Here is openDemocracy editor Rosemary Bechler’s response to the interview and ensuing discussion, also published today.