Critics of Turkey’s media bill stage protest warn of greater crackdown

Protesters are demonstrating in Istanbul against a media bill stating that the Turkish government is fighting “disinformation,” but on June 21, 2022, for many years on important coverage in Istanbul, Turkey. The crackdown claims that the media rights group will double. Banning news means hiding inflation. ” [Dilara Senkaya/REUTERS]

Protesters demonstrated in Istanbul on Tuesday against a media bill stating that the Turkish government would fight “disinformation,” but media rights groups doubled after years of crackdowns on critical press. Claims that.

The bill is one of a series of steps in President Tayyip Erdogan’s 20-year power, among rights groups on the confusion of the minority media, where dissenting and critical views are still being aired. Is causing concern.

His ruling AK party and its nationalist ally, MHP, sent the bill to Congress last month, where it was the majority. The General Assembly will begin discussions on the bill on Wednesday.

“We can’t silence the free press,” said a group of about 100 people who took part in a protest in central Istanbul. They called the bill a “censorship law.”

At a press conference on Tuesday, seven journalism associations individually called for the withdrawal of the bill.

“It’s clear that the government doesn’t want to create a society with many voices. They are afraid of people’s dissent,” said Tucany Olcayto, head of the Turkish Journalists Association (TGC).

A key concern among bill critics is that those who disseminate false information about Turkey’s security and public order and morals to create fear and disturb public peace will face one to three years’ imprisonment. This is an article.

“Only those who spread disinformation and attack individual rights will be offended by these regulations,” Faretin Altun, presidential communications director, said at a media symposium this month.

“The truth is pushed into the background, hidden by fake news and information, fictitious texts, montage videos, and photographs created behind the desk, overshadowed,” he said.

The bill also imposes the same restrictions on digital media as traditional media, with critics saying that pressure could increase ahead of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in June 2023.

The bill blocks a law adopted two years ago that gives authorities the ability to increase surveillance of social media companies and remove content from websites.

After a series of acquisitions and dozens of closures, most of Turkey’s mainstream media is resolutely pro-government. [Reuters]

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