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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Revolution News - Turkish President Approves Internet Censorship Bill

Turkey’s president announced his approval of the new law tightening control over the Internet, bolstering embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan but deepening concerns about free speech and the rule of law.

The bill, passed by parliament this month and was approved by President Abdullah Gül late Tuesday, are seen by Erdoğan’s critics as an authoritarian response to a corruption inquiry shaking his government, a bid to stymie court cases and to stop leaks circulating online.

The new law on the judiciary will give the government more influence over the naming of judges and prosecutors, while the Internet bill will enable the authorities to block access to web pages within hours without a prior court order.

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