Censorship news (January 5-25)

  • Bianet reported that 34 links for a story on PKK hostages is blocked from access by court order: “The report by Dicle News Agency (ANF) about new year message of soldiers held by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has been blocked.” Censor on bianet Report
  • Similarly, presidential aide Yusuf Yerkel have had blocked several news stories and other content by court order. Yerkel became internationally famous by kicking a miner in front of cameras following the mining disaster in Soma in 2014. Mashable reported: “Famous images showing an aide to Turkey’s prime minister kicking a protester in the wake of a national tragedy are slowly vanishing from the internet in Turkey.” An aide to Turkey’s president kicked a protester. Then photos of the assault started disappearing. CYEIzCXWwAAODog
  • Odatv reported on January 7 that one of their news stories on the irregularities regarding the murdered journalist Hrant Dink’s trial is blocked in Turkey due to “violating the rights” of the police force. The story was on allegations whether if the police intelligence is keeping the Dink murder trial prosecutor under surveillance or not.  Emniyet Genel Müdürlüğü’nün hedefinde Odatv var
  • The recent Sultanahmet bombing news ban was discussed a lot but it is one of the many, actually hundreds, in recent years. Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has answered the parliamentary question of CHP Deputy Leader Sezgin Tanrıkulu on July 2014 and said the courts ordered a total of 149 news bans as of 4 in 2010, 36 in 2011, 43 in 2012, 42 in 2013 and 24 in the first six months of 2014. The news bans continued in accelerating pace since then. According to this tweet from online rights activist Yaman Akdeniz, 223 links from 146 media organs were blocked regarding the Sultanahmet bombing news ban. Akdeniz also shared the document from the Prime Minister’s office to the court, demanding the ban, in this tweet.
  • Interview with Brazilian caricaturist Carlos Latuff, who is banned in Turkey: Why did Turkey ban a Brazilian cartoonist?
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