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6 days ago
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Turkish officials briefly blocked access [press release] to Twitter [corporate website] in an attempt to prevent sharing of images from Monday's deadly Suruc bombing, and to stop Twitter users from calling for protests against the government. The ban on Twitter was both installed and lifted the same day. Turkey … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged [Reuters report] with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of social media posts allegedly … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Anadolu 4th High Criminal Court in Istanbul on Tuesday acquitted [Daily Sabah report] the remaining 62 military officers for from an alleged conspiracy to initiate a coup in Turkey in 2003. A lawyer explained the ruling cites inadmissible evidence [Reuters report], notably some of the digital evidence. Allegedly, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that a prosecutor ordered Internet providers to block social networking sites including Twitter and YouTube. The order stems from photos posted on the social media sites that show militant Marxists pointing a gun at a prosecutor who died last … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters [official backgrounder] ruled Saturday that the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas [official website] is a terrorist organization. The decision was based on lawsuits [Daily News Egypt report] alleging that Hamas is responsible for multiple attacks against Egyptian security forces, which have resulted in casualties … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday set February 24 as the date that it will consider a lawsuit that claims Turkey is a "state that supports terrorism" and must be designated as such. The lawsuit claims that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] supported the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC profile; … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International [advocacy website] on Wednesday criticized [press release] a vote by the Turkish Parliament [official website] downing a proposal to lift parliamentary immunity for four former ministers accused of corruption. The charges relate to a massive corruption and graft scandal [BBC report] that began in December … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Turkish parliamentary commission on Monday voted not to send four ex-ministers to trial on charges of corruption. The charges relate to a massive corruption and graft scandal which began in December 2013, accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] and three other ministers. The commission, consisting of 14 … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish] is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations … [read more]


Legal News
12 Sep 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] approved a law on Thursday that tightens the government control of the internet and expands the powers of the telecoms authority. Parliament passed the law on Monday. The new law comes after legislation was passed [JURIST report] in February that made it … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] A court in Istanbul on Thursday ordered the release and retrial of 230 prisoners convicted for their involvement in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot [JURIST news archive]. The scheme, which originated as early as 2003, was aimed at overthrowing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile]. The ruling … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced two former generals to life imprisonment for leading Turkey's 1980 coup d'etat that led to three years of military rule. The two retired generals, 96-year-old Kenan Evren [official profile], who held the presidential office for seven years following the military takeover, and 89-year-old … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Turkey [official website] on Tuesday ruled that a previous decision to ban Youtube [corporate website] violated users' freedom of speech rights. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] had imposed the ban on YouTube and Twitter [JURIST report] after illicit recordings of top security talks … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Turkish Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] on Friday struck down parts of a controversial law that increased Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's control over the judicial system. Amid protests over suspected government corruption and violence inside parliament, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website] pushed … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2014
by Amy Mathieu

Turkish government reinforced their ban of YouTube [corporate website] on Thursday, despite a Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] ruling [JURIST report] last week that the ban was unlawful. The Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK) [official website] said [Reuters report] in a statement that the government measures blocking the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Turkey's Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] on Friday partially lifted the country's ban on Youtube [corporate website], saying the blanket ban violated human rights. Access to the website was blocked after video of officials discussing an attack on Syria was leaked prior to the election. The Constitutional Court … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A Turkish official said Thursday that the government has lifted a ban on Twitter [corporate website] following a Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] ruling Wednesday. The court stated that the ban violated [Al Jazeera report] both individual rights as well as the freedom of expression. This decision came … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] An Istanbul court on Friday ruled against Turkey's ban on Twitter [corporate website], overturning an order that the social media website shut down an account accusing the government of corruption. Access to Twitter was suspended in Turkey last week by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile; JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] An administrative court in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, issued a temporary injunction Wednesday ordering the country's telecommunication authority (TIB) [official website; in Turkish] to lift its ban on the use of the social media website Twitter [corporate website]. The ban on Twitter was imposed [JURIST report] last week … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] attempted to block Twitter [social media website] on Friday but users quickly found ways to circumvent the ban. The ban came after audio recordings [recordings, in Turkish] of a voice, resembling Erdogan's, instructed his son to dispose of large amounts of … [read more]

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