Turkey has given the supervisory authority the right to block internet broadcasts
Turkish lawmakers passed a law on Wednesday to allow telecoms supervisors to block internet broadcasts.
According to 15min, it is feared that this decision will further restrict freedom of expression in Turkey. The law passed on Wednesday evening expands the competence of the Turkish Supreme Radio and Television Council (RTU), which also cares for outsourcing services. Online broadcasting platforms will now have to contact RTUK to obtain a license for this activity. The agency will also be able to impose fines and block access to broadcasters.
Opponents say the law provides the ability to block the content of Internet giants such as Netflix and YouTube if complaints were filed on some of their records. People's Democratic Party (HDP) MP Garou Paylane has shown the example that a platform such as Netflix's release of a video criticizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens to be blocked if this content is not removed, as per 15min.
"As a result, Turkey can become a completely closed country. We can enter the same league as North Korea. We can become a country where Netflix, Wikipedia, and YouTube are blocked, "said G.Paylan.
Wikipedia is blocked in Turkey since last April, Ankara says that this web encyclopedia did not remove content that promotes terror or blames Turkey for cooperation with terrorist organizations, as per 15min.
Previously, it was blocked by YouTube, but now this video platform is available in Turkey. Opponents worry that the government will tighten controls in the run-up to 2019 elections. "The government is increasing pressure in the run-up to local and general elections," says Baris Yarkadas from the Republican People's Party (CHP) opposition on Twitter. - The new rules against websites are the most extreme censorship. "
According to 15min, RTU says it is an independent supervisory authority. Its nine members are elected by lawmakers in proportion to the number of deputies in each party. Currently, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of RT Erdogan has a majority in parliament.
When this law was first submitted for consideration in February, Ahmet Arslan, Minister of Communications and Communications, denied censorship. According to him, the authorities must take measures against television and radio, if "they are violating national security or national ethical values".
But Mr. Paylán said the opposition was able to push ahead with a significant correction so that the new law would not apply to private individuals posting online videos, as per 15min.