September 12, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan 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 in February that made it easier for authorities to ...[read more]
June 21, 2014
by Ann Schober
A court in Istanbul on Thursday ordered the release and retrial of 230 prisoners convicted for their involvement in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot. The scheme, which originated as early as 2003, was aimed at overthrowing Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The ruling came one day after ...[read more]
June 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
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, who held the presidential office for seven years following the military takeover, and ...[read more]
May 31, 2014
by William Helbling
The Constitutional Court of Turkey on Tuesday ruled that a previous decision to ban Youtube violated users' freedom of speech rights. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had imposed the ban on YouTube and Twitter after illicit recordings of top security talks were posted on YouTube and distributed ...[read more]
April 11, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
The Turkish Constitutional Court on Friday struck down parts of a controversial law that increased Prime Minister 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) ...[read more]
April 10, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Turkish government reinforced their ban of YouTube on Thursday, despite a Constitutional Court ruling last week that the ban was unlawful. The Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK) said in a statement that the government measures blocking the website will remain in place. ...[read more]
April 3, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
A Turkish official said Thursday that the government has lifted a ban on Twitter following a Constitutional Court ruling Wednesday. The court stated that the ban violated both individual rights as well as the freedom of expression. This decision came a week after an Istanbul court ruled against ...[read more]
March 29, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
An Istanbul court on Friday ruled against Turkey's ban on Twitter, 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 for the website's failure to ...[read more]
March 26, 2014
by Peter Snyder
An administrative court in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, issued a temporary injunction Wednesday ordering the country's telecommunication authority (TIB) to lift its ban on the use of the social media website Twitter. The ban on Twitter was imposed last week under orders from Prime Minister ...[read more]
March 21, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempted to block Twitter on Friday but users quickly found ways to circumvent the ban. The ban came after audio recordings of a voice, resembling Erdogan's, instructed his son to dispose of large amounts of money during a police search were leaked via ...[read more]

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