Internet blocking in Turkey against "fundamental rights"

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Frank La Rue

The blocking of social media sites by the government in Turkey is restricting the fundamental rights of the Turkish people according to a UN independent expert.

The government prevented access to YouTube and Twitter ahead of local elections on Sunday, although the ban on Twitter was revoked by a court order.

Popular protests against the government, which were coordinated and publicised through social media networks, have made the headlines over the last year.

The Special Rapporteur on the right to the freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, said concerns about national security can be legitimate.

But he added that blocking the internet sites unduly restricted the fundamental right to the freedom of opinion and expression.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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