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European Parliament Priorities for Turkey Following the Elections of the 12th of June 2012: the Need for “Uzlaşma”

http://yeter.neonebu.com (“Stop Internet Censorship in Turkey!”), or the website http://sansuresansur.blogspot.com (“Censor Censorship”), or the one entitled “İnternet Sansür değil, Hız İster” (“The Internet needs speed, not censorship”). These campaigns, among others, were well covered online. Online protests have been backed by several real-life demonstrations. In July 2010, for the first time, over 2,000 people paraded down Istanbul’s İstiklal Avenue, answering a call by sites campaigning for freedom of expression on the Net. They called for the end of online censorship and denounced the authorities’ lack of response to calls for amending Law 5651 on Internet-related offences. Despite the restrictive legal environment, the Turkish blogosphere is surprisingly vibrant and diverse. There 35 million internet users and 28 million Facebook users as of June 2011.22 Turkish users are increasingly relying on internet-based publications as a primary source of news. There is a wide range of blogs and websites on which citizens question and criticize Turkish politics and leaders, including on issues that are generally viewed as politically sensitive. The majority of civil society groups maintain an online presence, and social-networking sites such as Facebook, FriendFeed, and especially the micro blogging platform Twitter are used for a variety of functions, including political campaigns and digital activism.23

22. Internet World Stats: http://www.internetworldstats.com/europa2.htm 23. Freedom House Turkey Report, Freedom on the Net 2011: http://www.freedomhouse. org/images/File/FotN/Turkey2011.pdf

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