· New methods of blocking “harmful” content will be implemented. Rather than censoring the entire website, these methods will target the direct URL of infringing sites.
· Content that “denigrates particular sections of the society on account of social status, race, religion, sect, gender, region of origin” will be treated as a crime that warrants censorship.
· The Internet Service Providers will be required to keep track of personal data and conduct sweeping surveillance on behalf of the government.
· The new blocking methods will make it impossible to access the censored content by merely changing DNS settings.
· The changes bear the possibility to outlaw any blogs in Turkey other than food, fashion, and travel blogs. Those that include political commentary in particular will be suspect.
· New regulations will harm the Internet Service Providers who will, then, likely move their operations outside of Turkey.
· Social media sites that our Prime Minister has characterized as “Menace called Twitter” and “Ugly technology Facebook” will be censored much easier.
· Citizen journalism and independent media will be hit hardest.
Since the likely changes that this amendment will bring are against the spirit of the Internet as we see it, we as the Turkish Pirate Party, have penned a declaration that denounces this particular law and the proposed changes to it. We invite you to read the entire declaration and, if possible, support it. Stakes cannot be any higher.
Perchance our evaluations are not considered, necessary reforms to law be made and the currently discussed reform bill is passed to be made into law; we hereby declare that we do not recognize the concerned Law No. 5651 in light of the European Court of Human Rights, Constitution of the Republic of Turkey and international rule of law, and we serve notice to Turkish and world public opinion on censorship intentions as well as notifying and informing the current government of the Republic of Turkey.
Do you agree?
Share #SansureDurDe (#SayNo2Censorship) after reading this declaration.
You can share the pdf version of this short declaration in English from here.