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    The Turkish Telecommunications Department's decision to block Sputnik news agency's website in Turkey is a clear sign of censorship and lack of freedom of speech in the country, Sputnik's Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the Turkish Telecommunications Department confirmed that a decision had been made to block the Sputnik website within the country.

    "The decision of the Turkish authorities to restrict access to our Sputnik [website] is another act of strict censorship in a country where the question of freedom of speech no longer exists. It is just not there. This solution looks especially absurd bearing in mind that several days ago Sputnik was marked by the award of Journalists Union of Turkey," Simonyan said. 

    Turkey blocks access to Sputnik News Agency website, citing 'administrative measures'
    Turkey blocks access to Sputnik News Agency website, citing 'administrative measures'

    The Sputnik website was blocked in Turkey on Thursday evening, with the Turkish Telecommunications Department citing "administrative measures."

    In January 2015, the Turkish prime minister and other ministers received the right to block any type of resource in the Internet without a court order. The ministers may demand the Turkish Telecommunications Department and providers to block sites or delete content within four hours after receiving a notice of "national security, protection of social order, or for the prevention of crime."

    Turkey Bans Sputnik News Agency Website (25)


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    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      Well a tip for some turks willing to learn real stuff : use a proxy!
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      Simonyan weakens her position with other editorial decisions she makes, such as coverage of Trump's campaign and the constant personal insults towards anyone who does not agree with what are apparently her personal political views.
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      sputniknews can arrive to Turkey in USB pendrive....or by email.
    • Mikhas
      Man, DO i have a crush on that woman!

      Not only photogenic as Maria Zacharova but equally intelligent and stunningly fast in responses too, ouch!
    • ahahhaha NO LONGER??? grin emoticon just after it concerned directly to Russia then it started to be unfree? Just tell me WHEN EVER Turkey had freedom of speech?
      Just for you to know. Article 301 is an article of the Turkish Penal Code making it illegal to insult Turkey, the Turkish nation, or Turkish government institutions. This article still exists, and it prohibits you to talk about any topic that turkish authorities would consider as an insult to their name, including public expressions on the Armenian Genocide issue, free Kurdistan, even as we saw on "jokes" made by FOREIGN comedians ahhahah
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      anyone else notice a resemblance to the Crimean prosecutor??
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      Michel van Dijkin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Yes! My first thought.
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      michaelin reply toMichel van Dijk(Show commentHide comment)
      Michel van Dijk, glad I'm not the only one :)
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