The EU has criticised the new Turkey’s legislation approved by the parliament that tightens the controls over the use of the Internet. The new bill would allow the authorities to block web sites without court order if their content is considered offensive or insulting. The Internet providers would be forced to give users data to the authorities, again without court order, and without notifying the users affected.
This law added new restrictions to others already adopted in 2007 that temporarily blocked several web services as WordPress, Vimeo and Dailymotion. They say that the situation is comparable to China’s.
“The law needs to be revised in line with European standards. The Turkish public deserves more information and more transparency, not more restrictions.” said a EU spokesman.
Turkey aspires to enter the EU but with this kind of policies only marks its distance in a key issue as it is communications and speech freedom. This shows how big is the gap between Ankara and Brussels.