TURKEY PASSES NEW INTERNET CRIMES LAW

On 4 May 2007, the Turkish Parliament adopted the Turkish law No. 5651, regulating Internet content and listing crimes that can be committed on the Web, known “Regulation of Internet Publications and Combating Crimes Committed through such Publication.” President Ahmet Necdet Sezer signed the law on May 22nd. The first half of the law covers criminal law matters, and the second half regulates civil law aspects. Turkey is a country that switched from Muslim religious rule to a secular state with laws based upon the Swiss civil code, guided through this phase by the great reformer Ataturk. The Government is very dependent upon the military to keep the balance between the religious hierarchy and the secular state.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What Content does the New Law Ban?
Who is Responsible for Blocking Content on the Turkish Net?
How are the Bans Implemented?
Why is Ataturk so Strongly Protected by the Law
What Has Been the Response to the News Law?

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