Thursday, June 27, 2013

Let the Turkish Government Come After Me!!

The government of Turkey is threatening to investigate social media postings that allegedly insult Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials. 

According to the Turkish newspaper Aksam, the police have provided Istanbul prosecutors with a list of 35 names of people who allegedly insulted Erdogan or other officials on Twitter or Facebook.  It did not indicate whether blog postings are included.  So I guess I am safe although I said nothing insulting.  I merely spoke the truth when I condemned the Turkish government's crackdown on peaceful demonstrators who are concerned with the erosion of their personal freedoms in a country that calls itself a democracy.  Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag acknowledged the probe, but would not confirm the list of those under investigation. I am presuming they are all Turkish citizens.  Bozdag singled out those social media users who allegedly used "profanities and insults conducted electronically" which is, according to him, against the law.  "No one has the right to commit crimes under the rule of law."  So much for the freedom of speech in Turkey!

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