Turkish Parliament Passes Media Law That Jails Those Who Spread “Disinformation”

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etradefactory.comOn Thursday, the Turkish parliament approved a law proposed by President Tayyip Erdogan that imprisons journalists and social media users for up to three years for spreading “disinformation” despite deep concerns over freedom of expression.

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[catlist id=100371 numberposts=5]recep tayyip erdoğan,erdoğan,recep tayyip erdogan,erdogan,erdoğan açıklama,cumhurbaşkanı erdoğan,başkan erdoğan,recep tayyip erdoğan canlı,erdoğan astana,erdoğan tokayev,erdoğan karşılama,president of turkey recep tayyip erdoğan,cumhurbaşkanı erdoğan açıklama,tayyip,tayyip canlı,vladimir putin and recep tayyip erdoğan meeting,putin erdogan,erdoğan putin,erdogan speech,arapca erdogan,erdogan macron,erdogan ping pong,tayyip izle Lawmakers from the ruling AK party (AKP) of Erdogan and his nationalist allies MHP, who together hold the majority, voted to pass the bill even as opposition lawmakers, European countries and rights activists media demanded that it be demolished. Section 29 of the law has raised the most concerns regarding freedom of expression. He said those who spread false information about Turkey’s security online in order to “sow fear and disrupt public order” could face between one and three years in prison. Critics said there was no clear definition of “false or misleading information”, leaving the law open to abuse by the courts, which they say have cracked down aggressively in recent years in the country of about 85 million people. Engin Altay, a deputy from the main Republican People’s Party (CHP), said minutes before the final vote that the country is already chasing most others on press freedom and that the law “makes it impossible to classify on these lists.” Erdogan’s AKP said legislation was needed to tackle misinformation and false allegations on social media and not silence the opposition. The bill now goes to the president for final approval.  
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