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This morning the 15th Administrative Court in Ankara issued an injunction which orders the Turkish government's telecommunications authority to lift its ban on Twitter.

Additionally, the Turkish Constitutional Court (Supreme Court) held a hearing this morning on a separate petition submitted to it by opponents to the ban and the court ruled that, referencing the Administrative Court's decision, no other ruling was necessary.

The Administrative Court's written injunction is expected to be issued and served on the telecommunications authority this afternoon, and this should result in the lifting of the Twitter ban, but some legal experts have said that the telecommunications authority has 30 days to implement the injunction.

The telecommunications authority can appeal the injunction to a higher court which could hold a hearing and issue a ruling which lifts the injunction.

Attention is now focused on what the government's telecommunications authority will do.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

    by InAntalya on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 07:12:01 AM PDT

  •  why did Erdogan ban twitter? (2+ / 0-)
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    InAntalya, LamontCranston

    from the outside looks flat out stupid

    push back from international community and he says he does not care what anyone thinks

    desperation moves before March 30 local elections


    he most stimulating explanation of Erdoğan’s strategy has been provided by Zeynep Tufekci, assistant professor of sociology and an expert on social media. Tufekci claims the Turkish prime minister knows very well that blocking social media is “a game with no end.” But that is not the point. Listening to Erdoğan’s speeches at recent elections rallies and his frequent misuse of a recent incident of a Twitter account being manipulated for the distribution of pornography, Tufekci is convinced that his aim is to demonize all social media and present it as a threat to family values: “It is a strategy of placing social media outside the sacred sphere, as a disruption of family, as a threat to unity, as an outside blade tearing at the fabric of society. … Erdoğan likely still has enough supporters to win elections, but to continue to win, he needs to keep them off social media. His game is to scare them about all that comes from social media. He knows they’ll hear of the corruption tapes. But they are now associated with the same source that maligns housewives as porn-stars,” she wrote.
    Damn the rest!
    •  As has been documented by journalists living in (1+ / 0-)
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      Turkey, the reason for Erdogan's ban is the recent recordings which have gone viral indicating corruption issues in his home and government which has threatened his power.  Pointing to pornography is just an attempt by Erdogan to justify his attempt to stifle freedom of speech/thought.  The White House has made a statement condemning the Twitter ban.

      Thanks for the update, InAntalya.

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