How the Turkish Government Exploits Social Media Removal Requests to Silence Criticism

Posted on August 13, 2019 12:38 am
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By Arzu Geybullayeva

On August 4, the Ankara Criminal Court of Peace issued an order to withhold four Twitter accounts in Turkey. The order affects the accounts of Oya Ersoy, member of the left-wing HDP party (People’s Democratic Party); Turkish music band Grup Yorum, and two accounts related to the Gezi Park protest movement: Taksim Gezi Parki and Gezi Savunmasi.

Ersoy, whose account is certified, is a lawyer and politician. In 2018 she was elected as a parliament member representing the opposition People’s Democratic Party (HDP).

Grup Yorum is a veteran Turkish folk band known for their political songs since 1987. “Yorum” means

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