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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Turkish Parliament Passes Controversial Internet Law

Turkey's Parliament has passed a controversial bill that includes new controls over the Internet, despite criticism from Turkish journalists, the political opposition, and the European Union. It would give the country's telecommunications agency the power to block access to specific Internet content within four hours, with no court order required.

Critics claim that the bill is in response to revelations published on social media pointing to government corruption, and that the intention is to block further revelations.

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