Turkey Blocks Wikileaks After It Dumps Nearly 300,000 Turkish Gov't Emails

from the censorship-wars dept

Turkey has a pretty detailed history of banning websites that it doesn’t like, so the news that it’s now blocking Wikileaks hardly comes as a surprise. After all, following the failed coup attempt, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wasted no time in moving forward with what appears to be a somewhat vicious crackdown on tens of thousands of people. So, when Wikileaks suddenly released 300,000 emails from the Turkish government for anyone to search and explore, it’s no surprise that all access to Wikileaks was quickly blocked.

Of course, it seems at least marginally noteworthy that, just a few months ago, the European Court of Human Rights had ruled that at least one of Turkey’s internet bans, on YouTube, had breached the right to information. Of course, with Erdogan’s activities this week, you get the feeling he doesn’t care much at all what the European Court of Human Rights thinks about his actions right now.

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That One Guy (profile) says:

The brutal truth

Of course, with Erdogan’s activities this week, you get the feeling he doesn’t care much at all what the European Court of Human Rights thinks about his actions right now.

And why should he?

If the other governments have been willing to put up with him before now it’s not like he has anything to fear if he’s ‘only’ cracking down on the peons in his own country, especially with the coup attempt to provide cover for his actions(you know, just like how the US, UK and numerous other governments use ‘terrorism’ as justification).

What, are they going to send a sternly worded letter and tell him to stop that or else?

JoeCool (profile) says:

Re: The brutal truth

What, are they going to send a sternly worded letter and tell him to stop that or else?

Disney needs to send him a C&D over stealing their IP. In particular, faking a rebellion to propel him from President to Emperor.

He can ignore human rights activists, but Disney’s lawyers are feared by one and all… and rightly so.

DannyB (profile) says:

Before we are too harsh on Erdogan . . .

Before we are too harsh on Erdogan, we (the US) needs to wait until after our elections in November.

The respect others have for the US government could suffer if we condemn another government leader, and then have one ourselves who does even worse.

Of course, I don’t now if the level of respect for the government can drop below zero. It might be worth consulting congress about that one. Or Comcast.

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