Turkey Twitter Ban Curtails Free Speech | Freedom House

Turkey Twitter Ban Curtails Free Speech

Washington

In reaction to the blocking of Twitter in Turkey by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Freedom House released the following statement:​

“The decision to block Twitter, a leading medium of communication in Turkey, is quite a dramatic step for a government that claims to be democratic,” said David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House. “It is a bold attempt to stop news of government corruption from getting out in the run-up to local elections. The government should immediately reopen Twitter and recognize that free, unhindered space for debate is essential in Turkey as it is anywhere else."

The Turkish government has been battered by leaks disseminated in part via Twitter in advance of local elections on March 30. The legal basis of the blockage is unclear.

Turkey is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2013 and Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Turkey, please visit:
Letter Calls on Obama to Confront Turkey on its Human Rights Record
Special Report: Democracy in Crisis: Corruption, Media, and Power in Turkey
Blog: With Internet Bill, Turkey Drifts Away from Democracy
Freedom in the World 2014: Turkey
Freedom of the Press 2013: Turkey
Freedom on the Net 2013: Turkey

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