Turkey PM slams court ruling against ban on Twitter

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Friday, 04 April 2014

turkey pmTurkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the recent court ruling that lifted Ankara’s ban on Twitter, saying he will not “respect” the verdict although all are bound by it.

“We are of course bound by the Constitutional Court verdict, but I don’t have to respect

it,” said the Turkish leader on Friday, a day after Ankara lifted the ban on the social media website Twitter.

On April 1, Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled that the government’s ban on Twitter “violated Article 26 of the Constitution safeguarding freedom of expression,” and thus must be lifted.
Ankara blocked access to Twitter on March 20, after it was used to spread corruption allegations against the Turkish prime minister and his inner circle.

    The Turkish premier further pointed to a recent spate of online leaks targeting him and his close allies, saying, “All our national, moral values have been put aside. Insults to a country’s prime minister and ministers are all around.”

In late March, Ankara also blocked access to Google’s video-sharing website YouTube after the publication of an audio recording on the video sharing website, revealing a discussion among top Turkish security officials about a possible false flag operation to justify a military offensive in Syria.
The Turkish government condemned the leak on YouTube as an act of espionage and said it had created “a national security issue.”
Erdogan had ordered the Internet curbs in the run-up to key local elections last Sunday, in which his ruling Justice and Development party (AK) won a majority of the local government seats despite recent graft allegations and a harsh police crackdown on anti-government protesters last June.

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