Commentary:  Erdogan Wants To Silence Social Media, He Will Fail


President Erdogan’s alliance (AKP-MHP) introduced a “Disinformation Prevention Act” to parliament, which is so oppressive, its own MPS are hesitant to support it.


  • Essentially the bill creates a new crime called “spreading malicious information” and threatens the “culprits” with 3 years of prison.


  • International human rights agencies and the opposition protest loudly, claiming the bill is a blow to freedom of expression.


  • Why does Erdogan want to silence social media?


  • He will fail miserably, because….



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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.