TK: We are free

Gianna Iacino

Since 27 January 2017, the Turkish Authority for Information Technology (BTK) blocks the access to a not yet operational website.

Can Dündar, the former editor-in-chief of the Turkish newspaper “Cumhuriyet” launched the website Özgürüz (“We are free”) together with the non-profit research centre corrective and the Turkish journalist Hayko Bagdat. The website operators work in Berlin, Germany. They are planning to report critically about current events – inter alia – related to press freedom developments in Turkey. The website will be in German and Turkish language.

Before the website was operational and had any content, BTK blocked access to the website in Turkey. The Authority based its decision on a law regulating access to dangerous websites. When trying to access the website from Turkey, a message of BTK appears which informs users about the block.

Nevertheless, the website operators will continue with their work.

Gianna Iacino, LL.M., works at the Institute of European Media Law (EMR), Saarbrücken/Brussels.

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