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JOURNALISTS PROTESTED VIOLENCE AND CENSORSHIP

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TURKEY – On Friday 12 July 2013, hundreds of journalists rallied to slam the violence and censorship during recent anti-government demonstrations. Gathering under the banner of the “Journalists Platform” they came together at Galatasaray Square at 7 p.m. to protest what they termed the continual violence, pressure and threats they have faced at the hands of the police since the Gezi Park protests began in late May. They also demanded the release of their colleagues who are in prison.

The journalists marched behind a banner of penguins in a direct jibe at CNNTürk, which became the target of widespread ridicule and sarcasm at the beginning of the protests in late May when it chose to air a documentary on penguins rather than cover the demonstrations. CNNTürk’s penguins were subsequently adopted as a symbol of self-censorship that many news organizations, particularly the mainstream media, demonstrated during the initial stages of the protests. CONTINUE READING

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TWITTER AND FACEBOOK SNUB THE AKP GOVERNMENT

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TURKEY – Few hours after Transport and Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım told, “Facebook has been co-operating with Turkish authorities for a long time, they have a presence in Turkey. We have no problems with them, and Twitter will probably comply too. Otherwise this is a situation that cannot CONTINUE READING

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GOVERNMENT PURSUING CONTROL ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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TURKEY – The AKP government officials requested Twitter to set up an office in the country. Transport and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters on Wednesday that without a corporate presence in the country, the Turkish government could not quickly reach Twitter officials with orders to CONTINUE READING

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SOCIAL MEDIA FREEDOMS UNDER THREAT

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TURKEY – Since May 31 the citizens of Turkey have been confronting Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP for their conservative and authoritarian rule. A big part of the population is continuously protesting the restrictions on basic social and personal CONTINUE READING

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‘ONLY A FEW TREES’

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TURKEY – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says ‘in a democracy decisions are made by voting at the time of elections. I and my party were elected with nearly %50 of the votes so we have a right to govern the country the way we like. If you have objections there is always a next election’. And this mentality is the core of issues.

Currently Turkey has an electorate of 46 million and 76 million people live in the country. In 2011 elections Tayyip Erdoğan/AKP got 21 million votes and the rest were shared by many different parties. This algorithm made AKP government, one of the most popular and powerful in the history of Turkish Republic. But what does popularity mean if leading party do not listen and understand the whole population? What does power mean if leading party do not use it for the common good of people? What will happen to us – the other 55 million – who did not vote for AKP? Do we all shut up and just live like nobodies with no opinions till the next elections? Governments and PMs might be popular but this does not mean that the citizens cannot criticize their policies/actions. More importantly power and popularity do not grant the right to oppress and physically harm people just because they are speaking up and expressing their disagreement. CONTINUE READING

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