CPJ says ‘alarmed’ at Turkey’s passage of Internet law, calls for presidential veto

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that it is alarmed at the passage of a government-sponsored bill late Thursday by the Turkish Parliament which seeks to ban websites for 24 hours without a court order upon a demand from the prime minister or a member of the Cabinet, calling on President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan to veto it.    “Under this legislation, national security and the public order are a pretext for Internet censorship in Tur

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that it is alarmed at the passage of a government-sponsored bill late Thursday by the Turkish Parliament which seeks to ban websites for 24 hours without a court order upon a demand from the prime minister or a member of the Cabinet, calling on President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan to veto it.

andquotUnder this legislation, national security and the public order are a pretext for Internet censorship in Turkey,andquot CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said, according to a statement posted on the CPJand#39s website on Friday. andquotWe call on President ErdoIan to reject this bill and for Turkish lawmakers to tolerate the flow of news and commentary online, as befits a modern democracy.

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The CPJ statement recalled that this is the second time in six months that the Turkish government has tried to pass such restrictions. In September, Parliament approved a bill authorizing the state-controlled Turkish telecommunications authority to block websites on national security and public order grounds without a court order Turkeyand#39s Constitutional Court struck down the restrictions in October, the statement said.

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman