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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  1. icon
    Mason Wheeler (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 9:57am

    Wait, wait... a European high court talking about censorship laws breaching the fundamental human right to information?

    That's incredibly ironic. I know there's a good reason to say so, but I must have... forgotten.

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  2. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 20 Jul 2016 @ 10:01am

    Erdogan just doesn't want people seeing how he increased the size of his penis in just 1 easy coup.

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    That One Guy (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 10:18am

    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?

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    Ninja (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 10:26am

    In another news, Erdogan floods court systems around the world with defamation lawsuits against people reporting, sharing or thinking about the things the leaked mails revealed. Swears he isn't into nazi sadomasochism. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile approves it.

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  5. icon
    Ninja (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 10:29am

    Re: The brutal truth

    More likely they will mobilize the media to tell people there's nothing to see here, move along and be a good citizen. And things will keep running as usual.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6. icon
    afn29129 (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 10:35am

    The Great Purge

    Joseph Stalin and his Great Purge of 1936 to 38. Erdogan and his smaller-Great Purge of 2016 till ... Done for the same reasons.

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  7. icon
    JoeCool (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 10:51am

    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.

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  8. icon
    DannyB (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 12:14pm

    Re: The brutal truth

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

    They need to do what the UN would do.

    The UN would pass a resolution strongly condemning Erdogan's actions.

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  9. icon
    DannyB (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 12:18pm

    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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  10. icon
    DannyB (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 12:18pm

    Re: The Great Purge

    The US great purge of 2017 ?

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  11. icon
    ECA (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 12:25pm

    wHAT RIGHTS

    What Right do the citizens have to KNOW what is happening in their OWN nation??

    Especially when All the people around the WORLD know..

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  12. icon
    That One Guy (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 1:00pm

    Re: Re: The brutal truth

    So a stern public letter telling him to knock it off?

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  13. identicon
    David, 20 Jul 2016 @ 1:04pm

    Re: Re: The brutal truth

    There's plenty of prior art I am afraid.

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  14. icon
    JoeCool (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 1:38pm

    Re: Re: Re: The brutal truth

    Doesn't matter to Disney.

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  15. icon
    John Fenderson (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 1:57pm

    Re: The Great Purge

    Everyone has to learn to walk before they learn to run.

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  16. icon
    John Fenderson (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 1:58pm

    Re: Before we are too harsh on Erdogan . . .

    I'm not following this logic. No matter how terrible our President may be, that in no way makes other leaders less terrible, or makes it so that we shouldn't call them out for being terrible.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  17. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 20 Jul 2016 @ 5:15pm

    Re: Re: The Great Purge

    Only if the American Taliban win the election.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  18. icon
    DannyB (profile), 21 Jul 2016 @ 6:23am

    Re: Re: Before we are too harsh on Erdogan . . .

    You're right, of course. It's like us torturing doesn't make torture any less horrible. But it does remove our ability to credibly call it out as horrible when we are doing it ourselves.

    Same with:
    * patents in East Texas
    * government corruption
    * police brutality
    etc

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  19. icon
    John Fenderson (profile), 21 Jul 2016 @ 7:13am

    Re: Re: Re: Before we are too harsh on Erdogan . . .

    "But it does remove our ability to credibly call it out as horrible when we are doing it ourselves."

    Only if we're failing to call out the US as well.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


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