Turkish court reverses Twitter ban after lawsuit over political freedom of speech challenged

Last Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 16:03

Washington: Almost a week of ban in Turkey, microblogging site Twitter filed a lawsuit against the country`s government for restricting political freedom of speech, compelling the court to stay execution of the ban.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had ruled the ban after evidences against him related to corruption popped on Twitter and were being shared widely.
However, Twitter presented shocking documents detailing the order to remove the account that accused the prime minister of corruption prompting the court to issue a stay of execution on the ban.

The country`s legal system issued the stay citing the Turkish Constitution and the European Convention of Human Rights` protections for freedom of expression and communication.

Twitter`s general counsel Vijaya Gadde welcomed the ruling and expects that the government would restore Turkish users` access to Twitter immediately, so that users could continue an open online dialogue ahead of the elections to be held at the end of this week.
The report said that if the government doesn`t abide by the court ruling, Turkish Twitter users would likely continue to use creative ways around the ban like using SMS tweets and anonymous browsing softwares.

ANI

First Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 16:03

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