The Turkish authorities have just decided to stop blocking Twitter, after growing international protests that have occurred since March 20th.
On April 3rd, as as announced the Telecommunications Authority (TIB), the Turkish government decided to unblock the microblogging site that had become illegal two weeks before after publications mentioning corruption allegations targeting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “We have initiated the procedure for lifting the ban on Twitter,” said a TIB official.
The Constitutional Court has ruled in a judgment on April 2nd that considered this as a violation of freedom of expression and immediately ordered its termination.
Twitter access was blocked during the night of March 20th, after Prime Minister Erdogan’s decision: the latter wanted to stop the daily webcast accusations of corruption against his regime, on the eve of municipal elections that occurred on March 30th.
This decision was also followed by the YouTube platform being blocked the following week, which lead to heavy worldwide critics to denounce the authoritarian drift of Turkish Prime Minister, who is in power since 2002. Despite those corruption allegations, the Prime Minister’s party won by far the municipal elections of March 30th, which did secured Erdogan’s political future. The latter might indeed announce that he wants to run for presidency in August.
The same Erdogan who had earlier announced that besides Youtube, he would also block Facebook…
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