Ministers' whims can now censor online content with new bill

March 27, 2015 12:24 PM

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On Friday Turkish Parliament passed a contentious new omnibus bill, which contains the highly controversial article 27 granting the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) sweeping new powers to censor internet content. This comes just six months after the Constitutional Court had overturned similar powers in another omnibus bill.

According to the new provision, the prime minister or any other cabinet member now has the authority to block any website without a court order, which must be implemented within 4 hours after the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) receives the order. The block will remain in place until the offend...

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