The Turkish government is cracking down on online freedom of expression.
The government is shutting down Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, VKontakte and many other social media platforms.
It’s an unprecedented clampdown on the Internet in the country.
Now, Turkish authorities have a new tool they can use to censor the Internet.
According to the government, the government is trying to stop foreign media outlets from covering the crackdown.
The Turkish government has also asked Twitter and Facebook to shut down the Twitter accounts of foreign journalists and to block foreign news content on their sites.
Turkish media is also being targeted for alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a brutal campaign against the Turkish state since the early 2000s.
This is a new type of authoritarian crackdown, said Akis Huseyn, a professor at Istanbul’s Istanbul University and an expert on the digital rights movement.
“It’s very similar to the digital surveillance in the US, where it is targeted at the media and other targets, like bloggers, and even the media themselves,” Husein told The Huffington, adding that this new crackdown “is in line with what Turkey is doing on Twitter, on Facebook and on the other social platforms, and that is targeting the entire Internet.”
The crackdown comes as Turkey struggles to fight the PKK.
Turkey is currently battling the Kurdish separatist group, which is a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Since last year, Turkish security forces have killed more than 2,000 PKK fighters.
A recent Amnesty International report also revealed that more than 1,200 journalists, activists and human rights defenders were murdered between 2007 and 2015.
Amnesty International’s report, titled Turkey’s Crackdown on Journalists: A New Cold War, also highlighted the crackdown on freedom of the press and online expression.
Turkey’s digital censorship has a long history, dating back to the 1980s when the country was under the rule of the military dictator General Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
During his rule, a variety of laws were passed, including a law that forced private businesses to register and allow citizens to vote.
After Ataturko’s death in 1988, the military regime took control of the country, and a new constitution was approved.
In 2002, Ataturkov abolished the constitution, and the country became a military dictatorship.
As a result of the authoritarian policies of Ataturkin’s government, many media outlets were shut down.
On May 23, 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he was banning Twitter and YouTube from Turkey.
Erdogan said the measures were in response to the “incitement of hate and terrorism.”
“The ban on Twitter and the other platforms will be effective for 30 days,” the president said.
Internet freedom in Turkey is under severe threat from the Turkish regime, and Turkey is now the most repressive country in the world, according to Human Rights Watch.
More than 90 percent of the population is now subject to surveillance by the government.
People are being prosecuted for “inciting terrorism” and “terrorist acts,” and their accounts can be suspended or even banned for any reason.
For example, Twitter banned an account called ‘Arafat Abunimah’ in December 2017 after it published photos of Turkish soldiers abusing and killing civilians.
Earlier this year, the Turkish police arrested and jailed an opposition blogger for “insulting the Turkish military.”
In June 2017, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced that the government would crack down on social media for “the sake of national security,” but the ban on Facebook was only a partial solution.
Facebook and Twitter are also trying to censor non-Turkish content on the platforms, such as articles written by Turkish journalists and activists.
But these new measures are far from being effective.
And even if they are effective, the censorship is not going away anytime soon.
Instead, they are part of a larger crackdown against freedom of speech, media and expression in Turkey.
“Turkey’s crackdown on social networks and online platforms will not have an immediate impact on the country’s access to the Internet, because it is not likely to be effective,” Husam Ibrahim, a senior lecturer at the Istanbul University, told The Washington Post.
“The government will continue to seek to suppress the media by cracking down online platforms.”
According the International Campaign for Freedom of Expression, the government has a record of persecuting and harassing journalists, human rights activists and civil society organizations, including using the death penalty against journalists and civil rights groups.
Husam told The Hill that the new crackdown on Twitter is “unprecedented” and will only serve to further destabilize the country and push the country toward authoritarianism.
So far, the authorities have only announced the closure of a few Twitter accounts and blocked the accounts of two