Press Releases & Announcements

TikTok’s compliance with social media law enables expansion of censorship regime

09 January, 2021 – TikTok’s decision to comply with Turkey’s new repressive laws on social media seriously threatens free speech on its platform and enables the Turkish government to expand its censorship regime, ARTICLE 19 and İFÖD (İfade Özgürlüğü Derneği based in Turkey) said today. The decision, announced today, follows a similar decision by YouTube in December, in spite of calls by civil society not to appoint a local representative.

YouTube Precedent Threatens Free Expression

18 December 2020 – YouTube announced on December 16, 2020 that it will appoint a local representative in Turkey to comply with the country’s recently amended internet law, making it much more susceptible to content removal and take-down requests by the Turkish authorities, ARTICLE 19, Human Rights Watch, and İFÖD said today. Such a move will inevitably lead to an increase in arbitrary censorship, compromise people’s privacy and right of access to information, and could implicate YouTube in human rights violations.

EngelliWeb 2019: An Iceberg of Unseen Internet Censorship in Turkey

14 August 2020 – The 2019 EngelliWeb Report of the Freedom of Expression Association (“İFÖD”) includes overview of and considerations on increasing Internet censorship and access blocking practices by the end of 2019 in Turkey.

According to the EngelliWeb 2019 report access to 408.494 websites was blocked from Turkey by the end of 2019.

EngelliWeb 2018

19 July 2019 – The 2018 EngelliWeb Report of the Freedom of Expression Association (“İFÖD”) includes overview of and considerations on increasing Internet censorship and access blocking practices by the end of 2018 in Turkey.

According to the EngelliWeb 2018 report access to 245.825 websites was blocked from Turkey by the end of 2018.