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Parliamentary Questions on the Turkish internet bill

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Marietje Schaake submitted parliamentary questions to the European Commission on a new Internet Bill that the Turkish Parliament adopted on the 19th of March. This bill, which is part of an omnibus bill that can only pass as a law after a final vote on all of its articles, includes an article that gives the prime minister or a relevant Cabinet minister the ability to ban a website or have specific content removed within four hours when there is online content that "threatens people's right to life, threatens their security or property, threatens national security and public order, poses a threat to general health or threatens people's rights and freedoms". Please find the full text below.
Turkey's new internet censorship law According to recent reports (1), the Turkish Parliament has approved a new bill on the 19th of March 2015. The bill includes an article that gives the Prime Minister or a relevant Cabinet minister the ability to ban a website or have specific content removed within four hours for a wide range of reasons. The Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) will demand access providers and content hosts to remove the content within four hours. If the problematic content is not removed, TİB will be able to block access to the whole website. 1. Is the Commission aware of these new provisions and if so, how does it asses them? 2. Does the Commission agree that these provisions intrude on the digital freedoms of Turkish internet users and if so, how has it addressed this concern with the Turkish authorities or how is it planning to do so in the future? 3. Does the Commission agree that the provisions adopted violate the Copenhagen criteria, which include benchmarks on the respect for people’s fundamental rights and freedoms, also online, and what strategy does the Commission have to address the fundamental undermining of the rule of law, the separation of powers, freedom of speech and freedom of information that has been going on in Turkey since the end of 2013? (1) http://mobile.todayszaman.com/national_controversial-internet-bill-to-ban-websites-without-court-order-passes-parliament_375781.html
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