the EU Commissioner publishes observations on internet blocking in Turkey….

Council of Europe – Nov 25, 2019, 1:00 AM

Diminuer la taille du texte Augmenter la taille du texte Imprimer la page Imprimer en PDF Today the Commissioner published her written observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights concerning the case of Wikimedia Foundation, INC. v

Prof. Yaman Akdeniz and lecturer Gökhan Ahi have commented on the government’s new social media bill.


Turkey has never had a “normal” day to talk about daily, routine problems, such as the economy or even the situation around COVID-19. Thanks to the AKP-MHP alliance’s agenda, almost each day, a major debate or huge change is on the table.

The past week, it was the forceful change of the structure of the bar associations and the Hagia Sophia decision, combined with Turkey’s adventurous affairs overseas. Meanwhile, President Erdoğan gave instructions to work on how to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, which is known as the most serious, effective commitment for states to combat domestic violence and gender-based crime.

Murder in Turkey sparks outrage over rising violence against women

High femicide rate and efforts to roll back legislation designed to protect women are under spotlight The murder of a 27-year-old woman by an ex-boyfriend has sparke

Turkey’s presidential dictatorship

Re-converting Ayasofya takes a major symbolic step towards the President’s ideal goal of an Islamised one-party state.

“Press receiving foreign funding uses media power as a weapon against the state and the nation” Communications Director Altun

Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun targeted the media groups that receive funding from outside of Turkey to allegedly promote manipulative content against “our President’s popular support by the nation. Unfortunately this group is using the media power as a weapon against the state and nation.”

Presidential Communications Director Altun has claimed that some media groups operating in Turkey are creating manipulative content. Altun said in a statement, “stop acting as the fifth power in these lands, assume your rule as the fourth power. Stop your hostilities against democracy, instead serve to our democracy” during the Ankara Press Workshop. Altun said..

Erdoğan’s communications director says ‘fifth column’ media works against Turkey

Foreign-funded outlets “support terrorism, use media power as a weapon against the nation and the state, and produce provocative information against the president,” according to Fahrettin Altun.

The nine-amendment social media regulations prepared by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) that’s in parliament as of July 22 will allow the government to mandate the removal of any content on the internet, cyber rights expert Yaman Akdeniz said.

We are run by a sentimental government. In fact, the President frequently mentions his love and his passion for this nation and country at his rallies. However, recently, it looks as though the government’s activities are driven by hatred and revenge — as though someone is shouting at the top of their voice, “I will get even with you!”

Then, the parliament started to debate splitting up the bar associations. Ways to close social media are being sought. Young people are being threatened by sentences like “Those who dislike will be disliked.” Television channels are being closed. There is an attempt to remove the gains by women, which have barely been won, that provide certain rights and security of life. LBGTI+ people are being targeted. Journalists are being arrested; human rights defenders are being sued and punished.

World reacts to Turkey reconverting Hagia Sophia into a mosque

Greece, Cyprus and church leaders among those to express concern about changing the status of the sixth-century site.

WITNESSES OF İSTANBUL CONVENTION : ‘All four political parties agreed on İstanbul Convention when it was first signed’

CHP MP Aylin Nazlıaka, women rights defender Selma Acuner and academic Eylem Ümit Atılgan, who were witnesses to the period when İstanbul Convention was signed, have spoken to bianet amid recent debates on Turkey’s possible withdrawal.

Many Turkish people against Istanbul Convention mistake it for Montreux Convention: Poll

Murder of 27 year old fuels Turkey’s feminist rebellion: Don’t think about touching Istanbul Convention Turkish
TÜSİAD, the largest business group in Turkey, and MP Candan Yüceer from the main opposition party have criticized the government’s plan to withdraw from the convention.

MESA sends an open letter to President Erdoğan for Bülent Şık

President of Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Dina Rizk Khoury has addressed an open letter to President

Application to Constitutional Court over failure to implement ECtHR ruling on Demirtaş

The ECtHR previously concluded that the conviction of imprisoned former HDP Co-Chair Demirtaş over a speech violated his

Military officer charged with sexual assault released, woman commits suicide

The specialist sergeant said in his defense statement that he was “drunk,” the woman is currently in the hospital.

Draining of dam reservoir starts to find Gülistan Doku

Doku went missing in the southeastern Dersim province on January 5

Orhan Pamuk, Turkey’s Nobel prize-winning author, has criticized the Turkish government’s decision to convert Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

“There are millions of secular Turks like me who are crying against this but their voices are not heard,” he told the BBC on July 10.

According to the “Report on Human Rights Violations in June” prepared by main opposition CHP’s Sezgin Tanrıkulu, at least 15 people were detained and at least 52 people faced investigations due to their social media posts in June 2020.
Rabia Naz Vatan’s father has been striving to solve the death of his daughter since April 2018.

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