Turkey marches against further web censorship

Rights activists and thousands of others marched in the streets of Turkey on Sunday to make their voices heard against the State’s web censorship plans.

Turkey’s state-run internet regulator the BTK is planning to introduce filters that users must choose before going online. The argument against it is that it will provide increased control of the web in Turkey to the state.

The filters come as part of Turkey’s proposed “Safe Internet Service”. Unfortunately, says CNN, the country already blocks over 7,000 websites according to a Reporters Without Borders paper, and in “most cases without reference to any court”. Turkey is listed as a country “under surveillance” in the same report. 

It’s likely, argue the protestors, that any further censorship will be a smokescreen to control its people.

The timing certainly will raise some eyebrows, considering the dominant role the internet has played in organising protests throughout the Middle East.

Indeed, much of the weekend’s actions was planned on Facebook. It took place in 40 cities, according to the Wall Street Journal, where it’s also reported some of the words on the ban-list will include “blonde” and “sister-in-law”. 

If Turkey gets its way, and it probably will, the filter will be enforced from the 22 August.