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Turkey proposes tighter internet law, pursues Twitter critic

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan addresses the media at the Presidential Palace in Ankara  Turkey proposes tighter internet law, pursues Twitter critic 2015 01 22T161050Z 1 LYNXMPEB0L0U1 RTROPTP 2 TURKEY ERDOGAN ABBASBy Gulsen Solaker and Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey is pressing new legislation allowing ministers to temporarily ban websites and forcing Twitter to block an anonymous whistleblower as part of President Tayyip Erdogan's campaign to bring the internet to heel. Last year, Erdogan vowed to "eradicate" Twitter after allegations of government corruption were published on the micro-blogging site. The Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) would have to comply within four hours, and then apply for a court order for the ban to be extended beyond 24 hours. Communications Minister Lutfu Elvan this week defended the proposal, saying it was needed after Turkey's top court in October annulled previous legislation giving greater powers to ban websites, and saying it would only be used in emergencies.

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