Voices: Cracking down on free expression in Turkey

April 12, 2015 11:01 AM

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ISTANBUL — Two blackouts, less than one week apart, plunged Turkey into darkness. The first, caused by a massive power outage, crippled cities and provinces across the country. Last Monday's blackout had nothing to do with the electricity grid: The lights stayed on while access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube was cut.

A Turkish court blocked access to the three social networking sites, along with dozens of other URLs, ordering them to remove images linked to a recent deadly hostage crisis, showing a bound and gagged Istanbul prosecutor held at gunpoint by members of a leftist terror group. Both the prosecutor and...

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