Erdogan attacks i social: threatens democracy and national security

Today, Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again launched a ferocious attack on social media and ai media non-governmental in his country, claiming that “they constitute a threat to democracy, to pace social security and national security “, during his video speech broadcast on the media forum of the” Council of Speaking Countries “. In Turkish”, which was established in 2009 in the Nakhichevan region, which is under the control of Azerbaijan, although it is find outside its borders.

Erdogan also said during his virtual participation in the “media forum “of the Council of Turkish-speaking countries, held in Istanbul under the auspices of the” communication department “of the Turkish presidency:” Just as we are not completely dependent on foreigners in in the fields of defense industries and military affairs, we cannot rely on other communication problems. “Adding, in clear challenge to international organizations that criticize the reality of media and freedoms in Turkey, “We cannot even trust the conscience of those who constantly give us lessons in the field of human rights, democracy and freedoms, nor their professional ethics”.

“The government believes it has in somehow controlled i media traditional, and therefore sees in democracy that i social media provide, “said Ulku Sahin, a Turkish lawyer who works for the Union of Turkish Journalists, or TGS, which is the oldest press union operating in Turkey since 1952. The social threat to you, which is why you want to keep it under pressure and under control ”.

He told Al Arabiya.net: “Last year, the service providers of social media have been pressured for a new law passed by parliament, but there is another law the government deems necessary to fight the news false and disinformation “.

Erdogan attacks i social: threatens democracy and national security
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He revealed: “So far, there is no draft of what the government describes as the law to combat misleading content,” but a source from the main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party, revealed to Al-Arabiya.net that justice in power and the deputies of the Development Party and its ally in the Right National Movement Party are preparing to present a new proposal to Parliament in the next period to pass a law that further limits the freedom of media and the sites of social network.

Erdogan also stated in his recorded speech today: “We have to manage ourselves in the field of media and communication, such as in other strategic issues “, which is the second time it has threatened i media and the platforms of social media in less than two months.

He added: “The Turkish world”, referring to the Turkish-speaking countries that have joined the council supported by Ankara, namely Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and others, should exchange experiences in the communication sector and “examine ways to exploit to the best effective use of the autonomous potential available “.

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The Turkish president also justified his hostile stance on social media stating that “the Turks are affected by the double standard in the media in addition to their discontent “with what he called” digital fascism “.

In his ferocious attack on the media, President Erdoğan referred to the spread of social media in the world and to the “disinformation campaigns that are used by using them, which also affect Turkey”.

He also warned that “i social media uncensored have become a threat to democracy, the pace and national security for countries “, justifying that millions of defenseless people around the world are subject to injustice and suffer severe trauma due to distorted news and false.

At the end of July last year, Ankara passed a law on the sites of social network, according to which some major communications companies have been forced to appoint representatives, with the aim of controlling the content provided by these sites related to Turkey, as well as imposing financial penalties on these companies if they do not Complies with the law passed by parliament Turkish after it was introduced by the deputies of the ruling party and its ally in the Nationalist Movement Party.

Last year, Turkey ranked 154 out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index 2020 published by Reporters Without Borders.

Turkey has also maintained its position as a “non-free” country, according to the classification of the American organization “Freedom House”, for consecutive years since 2014.

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