Tag Archives: Twitter

The troubling message of this week’s internet bans in Turkey

The ban, earlier this week, of of facebook, twitter, and youtube, along with a threatened ban of google proved to be short lasting.  The chilling message the ban sends regarding freedom of expression in Turkey is nonetheless deeply disturbing. “The … Continue reading

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Second hearing Taksim Solidarity: Puppet show

A guest blog from our colleague at Amnesty International – Netherlands on the most recent hearing in the Taksim Solidarity case: It was like an ironic cartoon. We were some forty people brushing up against each other in the doorframe … Continue reading

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An update on the “Twitter Trial”

In a blog posted earlier today, Amnesty International’s Turkey researcher, Andrew Gardner gave an update on the “Twitter Trial” in Izmir. He writes, in part: The fact this travesty continues says a lot about the sorry state of freedom of … Continue reading

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Twitter ban lifted, but the dangers remain

Using hashtags like #TekrarHoşgeldinTwitter (welcome back Twitter), the news that the Turkish government had finally lifted the ban on twitter came across my desktop this afternoon. I don’t think I was the only one who sighed in relief.  Though the … Continue reading

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More internet censorship in Turkey

A few days ago it was twitter.  Today Turkey has blocked Youtube.  As Amnesty’s researcher on Turkey, Andrew Gardner, says, “The Turkish government appears to be itching for pretexts to close down websites because of their capacity to mobilize dissenting … Continue reading

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Amnesty’s twitter action against Turkey’s twitter ban

Amnesty International issued a press statement today condemning the Turkish government’s ban on twitter: The Turkish government attacked social media companies and users, with the Prime Minister referring to Twitter as “a scourge”. The attacks formed part of a broader … Continue reading

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A late night attack on internet freedom

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was as good as his word.  According to Reuters, he told a friendly crowd at a rally in Bursa earlier today: “Twitter, mwitter!,” Erdogan told thousands of supporters at a rally in the northwestern province … Continue reading

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Clashes in Istanbul over proposed Internet restrictions

News reports from Istanbul this evening describe police attempts to cordon off sections of Taksim from protestors.  The reports describe police using tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowds. According to Reuters: Riot police advanced along Istanbul’s Istiklal … Continue reading

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Do you use twitter? Tweet to end the abusive use of force by police in Turkey

Do you use twitter?  Here are some suggested twitter messages that you can use as part of Amnesty’s campaign against excessive force in Turkey: .@RT_Erdogan Intervene now! No more abusive use of force by police @aforgutu #insanhakları #humanrightsforturkey #humanrights

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Don’t shoot the messenger

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has found a lot of people to blame for the shocking (and on-going) violence that has shaken Turkey this past week (he and his government not notable amongst them):  the parliamentary opposition, “extremists,” “a few marauders,” … Continue reading

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