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