February 19, 2014

From a campaign to “unfollow” President Abdullah Gul on Twitter to an opposition appeal to Turkey’s highest court, Turks vented their anger on Wednesday at a new law tightening government control of the Internet.

Gul approved the legislation, which will let the authorities block web pages within hours and collect data such as users’ browsing histories, late on Tuesday, bolstering Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan but raising renewed concerns about free speech.

Erdogan’s critics say the law, along with a bill increasing government power over the judiciary, as an authoritarian response to a corruption inquiry shaking his government and as an effort to stop leaks about the case circulating online.

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