Saturday, January 11, 2014

Turkey: Ankara to impose strict controls on Internet freedom

Not a good thing.  Turkey already has more news reporters jailed than any other country.  Erdogan continues his drive to take Turkey back to 7th century Islam. 


Turkey: Ankara to impose strict controls on Internet freedom

10 January, 09:13

(ANSAmed) – ANKARA, JANUARY 10 - The Turkish government has moved to impose strict controls on the Internet by monitoring the activities of online users and blocking certain keywords, a parliamentary source said on Thursday as reported by Turkish media. A bill has been submitted to parliament in the latest in a string of government moves testing freedom of expression in the aspiring EU member state. The proposed legislation will allow the authorities to block keywords deemed problematic and limit access to video-sharing websites that include them, the source said. It will allow officials to keep a record of all activities of Internet users for two years and monitor which websites they have visited, which keywords they have searched for and their activities on social networking sites. "The draft bill is designed to 'protect the family, children and youth from items on the Internet that encourage drug addiction, sexual abuse and suicide," Hurriyet newspaper said. In December, Google released data showing that Turkey topped the Internet giant's content removal request list.