Report: Turkey is the state with most requests for content blocks on Twitter

A report that was prepared by academics of TOBB University has revealed that Turkey, as a country, requested the most content-blocks from social media website Twitter in 2015.
The report, named Basin andOzgandurlanduiandu Raporu (Press Freedom Report), shows the number of requests to block certain content that were sent to Twitter by the Turkish state since 2012. Having sent seven requests in 2012 and nine in 2013, the courts and state institutions in Turkey dramatically increased requests with 663 in 2014 and 718 in the first 6 months of 2015, making Turkey the state with the most requests of content blocks on Twitter.
The Press Freedom Report that was published by the Ankara-based Freedom Research Association (FRA) was prepared by two TOBB members of staff, Dr. Burak Bilgehan and Dr. Baiak Yavcan.
The report also mentioned that a total of 392 journalists were sued for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the past year. The report says that certain articles under the anti-terror law and the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) have been used as the basis for pressuring journalists.
Stating that the anti-terror act of 1991 specifically needs reforms, a part of the Press Freedom Report reads, and”according to this regulation, state authorities are provided with a broad authority to penalize journalists and media owners and to ban certain publications which defame state institutions, make separatist propaganda and spread certain ideologies. The broad and ambiguous framework of this regulation paves the way for an implementation that obstructs press freedom.andquot
The report then says that a number of dailies along with 60 journalists were sued over their reports of the Dec. 17 corruption scandal. Todayand’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bandulent Kenei is also mentioned in the Press Freedom Report as a journalist who was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his critical comments regarding the president on Twitter.
On Dec. 17 2013, a series of corruption investigations went public, revealing what is now called Turkeyand’s biggest corruption scandal. Since the day high government officials were implicated on Dec. 17, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has adopted a policy of cracking down on media critical of the government.
Establishing project courts, named penal courts of peace, the AK Party intensified its unlawful fight against free media, the latest example of which is the seizure of ipek Media Group earlier this week. The AK Party government has been much criticized for its bans of social media as well.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN