Free Speech Violated by Twitter Ban

At the beginning of April, Turkey’s top court ruled that a heavily criticised Twitter ban violated the right of freedom of expression.

In March, the Prime Minister of Turkey blocked Twitter, after vowing to “eradicate” social media platforms in the country; and the Turkish Telecommunications Authority engaged in the measure.

According to the Turkish Telecommunications Authority, it engaged with the measure to block Twitter within Turkey, to protect “private life privacy”, after the website ignored several Turkish court orders to withdraw online content.

However, in a ruling at the beginning of April, Turkey’s top court stated that the block breached the country’s constitution which grants everyone “the right to express and disseminate his thoughts and opinions by speech, in writing or in pictures or through other media”.

Following the ruling, Turkey’s top court also ordered the ban to be lifted – and officials have since complied with the ruling.

As human rights solicitors in London, we have extensive experience in representing those who feel that their rights of association, assembly and free speech (Articles 9, 10 and 11 of the ECHR) have been breached – whether by decision making bodies, or in other matters.

To find out how we can help you in such a case, come and speak to our London solicitors.

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