An Ankara court has ruled to block the website of TurkeyPurge.com without issuing prior notification, citing “legal consideration” of a law regarding crimes committed through social media.
According to a notification sent by Twitter to Turkey Purge’s official e-mail address on Feb. 5, after technical analysis and legal consideration based on Law No. 07/00195, the Ankara 3rd Criminal Court of Peace blocked access to Turkeypurge.com with decision No. 34403158-421.99.E.2635 on Jan. 13.
This is the second time that access to Turkey Purge, a website that monitors human rights abuses and hate crime/hate speech against political dissent in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown, was blocked in Turkey.
On Aug. 6, 2016, the Ankara Gölbaşı Criminal Court blocked access to @TurkeyPurge with decision No. 34403158-090.99.OO-1NT2016.279949.
TurkeyPurge is not the only victim of the Turkish government. The same court also banned access to YouTube videos that expose the involvement of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s family in large-scale corruption and websites that report on government purges and torture in prisons and detention centers following a failed coup attempt last July.
In addition to turkeypurge.com, access to the websites, https://turkeydeiskence.weebly.com/, http://iskenceraporu.com/ and Twitter accounts under the pseudonym of @Turkeydeiskence and were blocked in Turkey. The websites and Twitter accounts present reports and letters from victims of the widespread government purge and post stories of torture in prisons and violations of human rights in Turkey.
The court also banned access to several YouTube videos and YouTube users that leaked recordings of telephone conversations between President Erdoğan and his son Bilal and also Bilal’s telephone conversations with several controversial businessmen, revealing the Erdoğan family’s involvement in corruption that was first made public in December 2013, when four ministers, sons of ministers, politicians, businessmen close to the AKP and the Erdoğan family were detained as part of investigations into a major graft scandal.