Twitter Continues To Censor Turkish Journalists At Erdogan’s Request, Says Journalists

Twitter has been coming under fire from Eastern Europeans for their supposed censoring of journalists from reporting on the events taking place in Turkey that don’t align with what President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants the Turkish people to be informed about. Multiple journalists are claiming that Twitter is working with Erdoğan to keep the news from spreading about the turmoil the country is currently undergoing.

Kotaku In Action spotted a series of archived tweets from analyst and journalist, Mahir Zeynalov, who notes that his comments, articles and content directed toward Turkish Twitter users is being withheld… censored.

Zeynalov mentions that he’s not the only one who this is happening to.

Zeynalov proceeds to list a number of Twitter accounts of Turkish journalists whose accounts are withheld from being viewed in Turkey.

To sum it up, in case you can’t access the Tweets or they’re unavailable, Zeynalov states…

“I’m not the only journalist whose Twitter feed is restricted in Turkey. The process is simple: Turkey asks, Twitter shuts down.


“This is journalist @csagir2015. Turkey shut down his newspaper in July. And Twitter withheld his verified account. Another one is exiled journalist @ademyavuza. His newspaper was shut down. He is wanted for arrest. And his Twitter account is withheld. Here is another one, Washington D.C.-based journalist @aliHaslan. His newspaper was seized by Erdogan govt. And Twitter is very helpful!


“Journalist @busra_erdal is in jail for more than two months now. And Twitter withheld her account. Exiled journalist @bkenes, whose paper was stormed, seized and eventually shut down by the gov’t, is wanted for arrest. His account withheld. Journalist @kamilmamann is wanted for arrest. And Twitter makes sure his voice is not heard in Turkey.”

You know how there are people constantly saying that only Government bodies can enact censorship? Well, even though they’re wrong, in this particular case it is the actual Government requesting Twitter to enact censorship.

As reported by CBC, Twitter has been complying with Turkey’s political officials who are against those who attempted a coup. They’ve been reportedly censoring and shutting down opposition media. As Zeynalov pointed out, they’re arresting and jailing journalists reporting on matters that don’t align with President Erdoğan’s endeavors.

CBC attempted to find out why Twitter is complying with the demands of the Turkish President, and they directed them to the Country withheld content page, where according to Twitter’s policies…

“Many countries, including the United States, have laws that may apply to Tweets and/or Twitter account content. In our continuing effort to make our services available to users everywhere, if we receive a valid and properly scoped request from an authorized entity, it may be necessary to reactively withhold access to certain content in a particular country from time to time.”

According to CBC, however, they were informed by the EFF, the Electronics Frontier Foundation, that Twitter is under no obligation to comply with Turkey’s censorship demands.

The CBC reports that Twitter has censored content for 23% of Turkey’s requests…

“Twitter received 2,493 court orders and other legal requests from Turkish authorities to remove content between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2016, and complied in 23 per cent of those cases.”

According to Breitbart, Zeynalov has written many articles critical of Turkey’s Government, sexism against women and other critical policies negatively affecting the people of Turkey.

Various journalists have stated that they will be leaving Twitter in a show of solidarity with Zeynalov and other journalists who are being censored by Twitter for simply doing their jobs. This comes after Twitter had said that they would not be censoring journalists simply doing their job, but still opted to withhold their accounts in Turkey upon request from Erdoğan’s administration.

Twitter did not bother to offer any further explanations to Breitbart or CBC regarding their decisions to comply with Erdoğan’s request to censor journalists reporting negatively against him within Turkey.


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