Debate in the General Assembly on Law No 5651, otherwise known as " Code of Publications on the Internet and Suppression of Crimes Committed by means of Such Publication " began friday in Turkey...
The law was originally enacted in May 2007 to curb access to YouTube videos and online pornography, but the Turkish government regularly hides behind this law and others like it to filter or block content it disfavors, including advocacy for Kurdish rights.
Freedom of speech is already restricted in Turkey in many ways through bans, arrests of journalists and alleged pressure by politicians.
A report by a committee to protect journalists defines Turkey as the "world's leading jailer of journalists" in 2013. In the same year, Turkey ranked 154 out of 179 countries in the Press Freedom Index by Reporters without Borders.
On Saturday Jan. 18th protests against Law No 5651, took to the streets in Istanbul, Ankara, Adana, Izmir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Mersin, Antalya and Bodrum.
People protested and marched peacefully but were again met by the now routine violent response from Turkish police.
The use of water cannons, tear gas, plastic bullets, pepper spray and violent arrests to suppress and disperse the protest.
The independent press agency Bianet estimated that 110,000 websites were blocked in 2011 alone, while Google reported Turkish requests to remove content from the web rose nearly 1000% last year.
A few of the currently banned websites in Turkey include, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Pastebin and the recently banned Vagus.TV who published evidence of the PM's corruption and suspected and prime ministers phone speechs with corrupters and briebery bussinessmen.