web analytics
July 6, 2015 / 19 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Increasingly Autocratic Turkish PM Bans Twitter

Embattled Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pulled the plug on Twitter at midnight, March 20, 2014.
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Photo Credit: Flash 90

Within hours after making the threat, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan closed the curtain on Turkish residents’ ability to engage in the social media known as Twitter.

It happened by midnight (6:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, March 20.

A 26-year old woman in Istanbul for whom anonymity was requested relayed to The Jewish Press that when she attempted to use her twitter account tonight, this message popped up: “FORBIDDEN.”

The justification given by Erdoğan for taking the extreme step was that Twitter officials refused to follow orders from Turkish courts to “remove some links” as requested by certain Turkish citizens, Turkey’s Hurriyet reported.

The Turkish agency responsible for communications, the Communications Technologies Institution (BTK) was invested with enormous powers under the recently passed Internet law. It listed the three court rulings and a prosecutor’s decision on its website as the reason for the shutdown.

Matters within the formerly prosperous and increasingly modernized country began taking a dramatic turn for the worse over the past few years. Vigorous distrust of the government began to be publicly expressed, such as during the Gezi Park protests in the spring of 2013, and later in the wake of the government corruption probes that are still continuing. These ongoing distractions have dragged the current administration into a vortex of endless internal criticism, economic instability and external contempt. Erdoğan responded to the unrest by blaming Twitter as the source of his problems.

YouTube has been banned repeatedly by Turkey over the last number of years.

Earlier this month the Turkish prime minister threatened to shut down Facebook and YouTube.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

10 Responses to “Increasingly Autocratic Turkish PM Bans Twitter”

  1. PROHIBIDO EL TWITTER EN TURQUIA. Será por el bien del pueblo ¿no?
    Se parece cada día más al país de los Ayatulas…

  2. LOL piece of 3:) :poop:

  3. How ironic that twitter cries censorship. Yet Twitter is in the Palestinian Territories but not in Israel.

  4. He is a good friend of Obama/Kerry.

  5. AC Stubbs says:

    With the US giving up leadership of the Icann this could be coming to the US

  6. AC Stubbs says:

    Twitter IS in Israel

  7. AC Stubbs Twitter does not support Israel. Go to the list of countries with Twitter supported mobile carriers, see support.twitter.com/articles/20170024 . Israel is not in the list. However, Twitter does support the Palestinian Territories, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.

  8. AC Stubbs says:

    No it is in Israel

  9. AC Stubbs Twitter says (support.twitter.com/articles/20170024) it does not support Israel.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Aerial firefighters put out blaze ignited by Palestinian Authority arsonists near Jerusalem on Saturday.
Palestinian Authority Arabs Trying to Burn Down Israel
Latest News Stories
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.

He wants to show everything is “business as usual,” which everyone knows is not.

The Palestinian Authority Jawwal mobile phone company is back in business in Gaza after Hamas allowed it to resume operations following last week’s forced shutdown. Hamas claimed that Jawwal, part of the Paltel conglomerate run b one of Mahmoud Abbas’ closest confidantes, owed taxes. The terrorist organization did not explain why it was allowing Jawaal […]

Jordanian-Syrian border crossing.

Jordanian authorities seized 100 pounds of explosives carried by a member of an Iranian-backed group.

Eggs smuggle into Israel form the Palestinian Authority.

Police closed in on a ring of Israeli and Palestinian Authority Arabs who smuggled eggs and sold to supermarkets in urban centers in Israel. The gang raked in more than $2.5 million a year in the operation that stamped the eggs with forged approval. Police investigator Shai Kovnator noted, “The phenomenon of smuggling eggs from […]

Samsung is establishing a new startup accelerator in its development center in the Yakum industrial park between Netanya and Herzliya. The company is looking for 6-10 startups in mobile communications, information security, wearable computers, big data, cloud computing, mHealth, biometric identification, wireless charging, and autonomous vehicles. Start-ups that join the accelerator will receive a $50,000 […]

Three fires of 300 acres of forest in the Jerusalem area probably were ignited by Arabs, according to police.

Firefighters fought a large fire in Ein Yael, Jerusalem, located opposite the Biblical Zoo, and up the road from Malcha Mall.

Reporter Laura Rozen: “How many ways can I say significant progress made but important differences remain?”

CNN put the UNESCO site at the top of the list, implied Israel it to blame for its being “endangered but failed to mention Jordan’s responsibility.

In three weeks, the Fast of the 9th of Av will be on the 10th of Av.

Netanyahu falsely accused Bennett of signing a coalition agreement that returns more power to Hareidim.

US-led talks with Tehran appear to have reached a deal on sanctions relief: but what about access to Iranian nuclear sites?

Arab leaders realize the existential threat posed by ISIS: Tunisia is at a state of emergency; Egypt has declared “war.”

Six terror fugitives were arrested by IDF soldiers overnight in Judea and Samaria.

PM Netanyahu this week identified ISIS and Iran as Israel’s primary threat. It is a planetary threat that carries the promise of peace.

Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick talks peace in Istanbul with a state official and on A9TV with Islamic scholar Adnan Oktar.

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
UN Human Rights Council

US alone voted no on UNHRC Resolution condemning only Israel for wrongdoing in last summer’s conflict.

U.S. President Barack Obama

The President announced he will ignore the letter of the law he just signed because it protects Judea and Samaria.

Remind Sen. Chuck Schumer that he said any deal with Iran must include “anywhere, anytime” inspections.

The OU respects the process which led to the Obergefell decision, but prays religious liberty won’t be sacrificed.

Flotilla activists escorted to Ashdod after IDF deters them from attempting to illegally breach the maritime blockade of Gaza

Hillary Clinton failed to turn over email exchanges with Sidney Blumenthal about Benghazi attacks.

Drexel honors virulent Israel and US critic Noam Chomsky; Drexel Hillel rabbi is enthusiastically supportive.

Jewish American college students report being afraid to wear anything that identifies them as Jewish and told to “check their Jewish privilege.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/increasingly-autocratic-turkish-pm-bans-twitter/2014/03/21/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: