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Source: Hürriyet Daily News
The recent deadly attacks in Norway demonstrate the necessity of the Turkish government’s plans to institute an Internet filtering system in August, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said Thursday.
According to Arınç, the confessed perpetrator of the massacre in Norway, Anders Behring Breivik, acquired the know-how to build bombs and use guns through the Internet.
“Now this villain [Brevik] says he learned about how to manufacture a bomb by searching on Google for weeks. Let them [filtering opponents] think once more about whether sites that give practical [instructions] on how to manufacture a bomb, [set] a landmine [or] blow up a bridge have any use for humanity after the deaths of  people in Norway,” Arınç said during a commencement ceremony held by the North Aegean Journalists Society in the northwestern province of Balıkesir.
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Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament from the Liberal group, submitted questions Tuesday to the European Commission regarding the proposed legal imposition of an online filtering system and structural domain-name blocking in Turkey.
In her question paper, Schaake asked the commission what “concrete actions” it would take regarding the Turkish government “to address its concerns about the proposed censorship of the Internet … and the overall increasing deterioration in freedom of the press in Turkey.”
Saying that “an uncensored, free Internet is essential for a free and open society,” Schaake said she posed her questions to the commission because she “believe[s] the latest censorship [in Turkey] may well be in conflict with the Copenhagen criteria” for EU accession.
“The proposed online filtering system violates the people’s right to information, restricts freedom of expression and is a threat for democracy,” Schaake said.
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“A plan to require Internet users in Turkey to choose one of four content-filtering packages is unconstitutional and violates the right to freedom of expression, legal experts and civil-society groups have said.
“[Turkish authorities] look at how they can impose regulations that limit the freedom of expression on the Internet, rather than promoting this freedom,” Orhan Erinç, the chairman of the Turkish Journalists Community, told the Hürriyet Daily News in a phone interview Wednesday. He said that mentality had not changed for more than three decades, since the beginnings of radio and television broadcasting in the country.”
From Daily News
“Reporters Without Borders is both amused and shocked to learn that the High Council for Telecommunications (TIB), Turkey’s Internet regulator, has issued Internet service providers and website hosting companies with a list of 138 keywords that are henceforth to be banned from Turkish Internet. The list was sent out on 27 April.
“With Turkey already blocking thousands of sites with content that is considered sensitive, the consequences of such keyword filtering could be disastrous for online freedom of expression. The authorities must abandon this scheme and instead reform Law 5651 on the Internet, which makes such arbitrary censorship possible,” Reporters Without Borders said.”