France 24
February 6, 2014

A Turk protesting Internet censorship in 2011. Credit: Erdem Civelek via Wiki
A Turk protesting Internet censorship in 2011. Credit: Erdem Civelek via Wiki

Turkish lawmakers approved legislation late on Wednesday that will tighten government controls over the Internet, in a move roundly criticized as a fresh assault on freedom of expression, access to information and investigative journalism.

The text notably permits a government agency, the Telecommunications Communications Presidency (TIB), to block access to websites without court authorisation if they are deemed to violate privacy or promote content seen as “insulting”.

The legislation will also force Internet providers to keep records on web users’ activities for two years and make them available to authorities when requested, without notifying the users.

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