Though it is unlikely that Trumpian politics will become the new normal, from now on, all politics across the world will inevitably have a Trumpian dimension.
National causes and many of the “existential threats” against Turkey have to do with foreign policy. Public opinion is sharp on “what is wanted from us and what is spared from us” though it cannot exactly pinpoint what it wants itself.
Representative for an Armenian Istanbul church, Simon Çeken filed a complaint against a social media user who created hate speech about Armenians. The lawyer had previously urged authorities to take action against a social media personality who was producing hate speech.
Turkey’s main opposition CHP has announced that it will make an application with the Constitutional Court for the annulment of the new social media regulation law. CHP MP Engin Özkoç said on July 29 that with this law, the ruling AKP wants to erase the collective memory that it "walked arm in arm" with the Gülen movement.
Human Rights Watch said on July 27 that the Turkish government’s efforts to introduce new powers to control social media will greatly increase online censorship. “If passed, the new law will enable the government to control social media, to get content removed at will, and to arbitrarily target individual users,” said Tom Porteous, deputy program director at Human Rights Watch.
Erdoğan government’s ability to expand its repression and go further with ever more assertiveness without facing any resistance has to do with the haplessness and perhaps deficient aptitudes of those who could check it. Cynical pundits, eager to crush opposition figures, say “you’ll see what comes next,” and they are always proven right.
The convention was introduced here, in Istanbul, back in 2011, and ratified in the parliament a year later. What changed in the last eight years that the AKP came to the point of withdrawing from the Convention? The answer lies in the drastic change in the political agenda, the growing oppression, and the undermining of basic human rights.
The social media bill prepared by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), will allow Ankara to force platforms into removing any content, revealing users' identities and sharing data. According to cyber rights expert Yaman Akdeniz, the government could use the new regulation to bury all reports of corruption and remove their own photos with Fethullah Gülen.
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has submitted a bill consisting of nine articles to regulate social media to parliament. If passed, the bill would require large social media providers to set up an office in Turkey and respond to orders to remove "offensive content" within 48 hours.
Nuray Pehlivan reports: Archaeologist Canay Alpagut, has accused Istanbul University Prehistory Department head Necmi Karul of sexual harassment. Archaeology student Ilgın Yaren Demirkesen, came forward with similar claims. Professor Karul has denied the accusations, which he describes as a “lynch campaign,” though he has resigned from his position as department head.
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has taken the first step with regards to social media regulation. A commission named “Digital Mediums Commission” will be established in parliament. The commission will consist of 17 people and will provide suggestions with regards to the rights and use principles of the internet.
Nergis Demirkaya reports: A bill being drafted by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) aimed at regulating social media platforms in Turkey is to resemble similar legislation in Germany, according to sources within the party. "The purpose is to establish representatives that will assume legal responsibility," one AKP official told Duvar while refuting claims that the government wants to ban social media.
More regulation has traditionally been in conflict with the basic principles of the freedom of speech in Turkey, and if the opposition is lured into supporting this new initiative, they will likely participate in the closure of a big part of the communication space, including its own.
AKP can’t complain about ‘immoral’ social media sites when it is running troll mobs, says ex-ally Davutoğlu
Former Turkish prime minister and Future Party founder Ahmet Davutoğlu has accused the ruling AKP of being hypocritical for its planned crackdown on social media on the grounds of "immorality," saying that the AKP itself is responsible for unethical behavior by organizing Twitter troll accounts to target dissidents.
Turkey's Homeland Party (Vatan Party) leader Doğu Perinçek said that he supported the president's recent push in favor of social media restrictions. Perinçek added that the government should be a dictatorship against "freedoms for corruption, decay, vulgarity and debauchery."