ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- As debate continues over a new Internet bill that was passed in Parliament last week but still awaits the president's signature, on Sunday Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a controversial accusation against the bill's opponents.
According to Erdogan, civil rights groups and the majority of the general public, who are concerned about the restrictions to be introduced by the Internet bill, are nothing but a bunch of porn enthusiasts. While delivering a public speech, the prime minister used language similar to that which he used against
In his Monday piece for the Milliyet daily, titled "Porn cover for censorship," columnist Mehmet Tezkan quoted a question Erdogan posed to the public: "Do they want immoral and obscene content to continue on the Internet? Is that the issue?" Tezkan said that nobody who is against the new Internet bill actually supports Internet porn or the circulation of secretly recorded sex tapes involving politicians. "For this kind of online content, the government is already entitled to intervene instantly. There is no need for the 'censorship bill' to be adopted for that," Tezkan said.
Tezkan wrote that Erdogan himself once claimed to have ordered the
"Erdogan said that his government blocked access to similar online content involving other politicians too. This means the
The Radikal daily's Pinar ÖgÜnÇ wrote that Erdogan's characterization of opponents of the new Internet bill as part of a "porn lobby" was absurd. According to ÖgÜnÇ, the arguments made by the government and pro-government media outlets are inconsistent, weird and ridiculous. "It is even redundant to write about the absurdity of those arguments. One wonders how it wasn't even noticed. Doesn't the reader already know this? Why repeat it? However, there some who believe all this. They are willing to believe," ÖgÜnÇ said.
GÜNAY HILAL AYGÜN (Cihan/Today's Zaman) CIHAN
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