Turkish Plan to Filter the Internet Called Censorship

Published Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - Online-Casinos.com

In an article recently published by Today’s Zaman in Istanbul Turkey the Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK) has dismissed claims that a new regulation will bring a series of censors on Internet access through four filtering options to be made compulsory for Internet users in Turkey.

Freedom of the internet is a paramount objective for all people living in areas where the right to knowledge is suppressed. Critics of the new regulation, will put Turkey among the world's top Internet censoring countries.
The regulation, titled “Procedures and Principles Regarding the Safe Use of the Internet,” brings four compulsory filtering options to Turkey's Internet users, who will have to pick one of them. The filters are “family,” “child,” “domestic [in country]” and “standard.” The criteria by which websites will be filtered will be determined by the BTK. Media reports say that circumventing these measures will be considered a crime and that anyone doing so or attempting to do so will face heavy fines as many websites are expected to be blocked by the filters irrespective of their content.

Online gambling is currently prohibited in Turkey, with the exception of the state-owned sports betting company, IDDAA, which is the only Turkish entity that is allowed to offer gambling services over the internet.
The law that prohibits online gambling in Turkey was passed in 2007 and recently, Turkey has also been taking measures to prevent players from using foreign internet gambling websites as well. There are now laws that prevent Turkish banks from authorizing transactions to online casino accounts, and laws that try to keep Turkish players from accessing foreign gambling websites. The laws are not effective, however, and Turkish players continue to gamble online regularly.
Tayfun Acarer the President of BTK  was quoted as saying that the media has distorted the aim of the new regulation and interpreted reactions against it as “political.” It is not known yet how this move by the Turkish government will play out but there has been significant outcry from many sources claiming this is censorship at its highest level.


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