ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- It is said that the government's new Internet bill aims to reinforce censorship. One of the changes introduced by this bill is the requirement for Internet service providers (ISPs) to store information about Internet traffic.
The minimum period of such storage was six months in the past; now, ISPs are required to store this information for a minimum of one year and for two years maximum. This information is about website visits by users and the duration of such visits. In
The second point is preventing access to a news story which infringes or which is claimed to infringe on the privacy of people upon a request by the people concerned or at the initiative of the
This is the "censorship." Apparently, some people are ready to believe that the government is censoring the Internet. Yet, people should have examined what has really changed. On the other hand, the bill is not "politically" innocent. It is a problematic move to require the government's prior approval to launch a judicial investigation of TIB. This is clearly a move to facilitate the way the ruling party "manages" the post-
The Internet bill is a good example of the government's strategy. The meaning of reshuffling thousands of police officers can also be found here. In other words, this is a pre-emptive move to prevent something that may happen, not to change what has happened. Some people are repeating the illogical argument that the police chiefs were reshuffled in order to cover up the graft investigation. However, the case files about the graft investigation were referred to court and even the new court did not release the suspects. In other words, the graft investigation will run its due course. Why did the government opt to reshuffle thousands of police chiefs? It believes there is an operation against itself and this operation will continue. At this point, the government is mainly concerned not with covering up corruption, but with preventing future threats.
Those who see that the electoral support for the ruling Justice and
Simply put, the meaning of this "conspiracy" discourse for the religious and conservative groups is: The government is facing something which is not normal and well-meaning. Accordingly, the AKP's votes have not fallen and probably will not.
ETYEN MAHÇUPYAN (Cihan/Today's Zaman) CIHAN
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