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Twitter blocked in Turkey after corruption allegations against the Prime Minister

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Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the “eradication” of Twitter, issuing a court order that blocks it in Turkey.

Following allegations of corruption and leaked conversations with his son about unlawful activities that needed to be covered, the Turkish PM stated:

“We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.”

This action of media censorship comes as no surprise; for decades, media and publications in Turkey have sustained a barrage of blockage, threats, physical attacks and censorship. Turkey has the highest number of imprisoned journalists than any country, a record that follows its overall pattern of human rights violations.

The question that arises next: what will ICANN do on the subject, particularly now that it’s pushing for an open, global stewardship of the Internet?

With ICANN49 currently ongoing in Singapore, this is a question that demands an immediate response from the ICANN CEO, Fadi Chehadé. ICANN maintains offices in Istanbul, Turkey, in a move that was then seen as a promise by Turkey to change its approach towards censorship of information and freedom of speech.

Apparently, that was not the case.

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