Turkish court bans access to websites exposing gov’t graft, purge, torture in prisons

According to a recent decision by an Ankara court banned access to YouTube videos that expose involvement of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s family into large scale corruption, and websites that report on government purges and torture in prisons and detention centers following a failed coup attempt in last July.

Turkeypurge.com reported on Sunday that access to its website and Twitter address were blocked by a decision of Ankara 3rd Penal Judgeship of Peace on Jan. 13 immediately after Prime Ministry’s General Directorate of Security Affairs wrote a letter in the same day about the websites, Twitter accounts and YouTube videos that are ‘inconvenient’.

Access to the websites, https://turkeydeiskence.weebly.com/, http://turkeypurge.com/ and http://iskenceraporu.com/ and Twitter accounts under the pseudonyms of @Turkeydeiskence and @TurkeyPurge were blocked in Turkey. The websites and Twitter accounts expose reports, letters from the victims of widespread government purge, stories of torture in prisons and violations of human rights in Turkey.

The court also banned access to several YouTube videos and YouTube users that leaked recordings of telephone conversations between President Erdoğan and his son Bilal and also Bilal’s telephone conversations with several controversial businessmen, revealing Erdoğan family’s involvement in corruption which was first made public in December 2013, when four ministers, sons of ministers, politicians, businessmen close to AKP and Erdoğan family were detained as part of an investigations into a major graft scandal.

Thousands of police officers, prosecutors, judges, including those oversaw the graft probes, and civil servants, were first suspended, then either dismissed or even arrested over links to faith-based Gülen movement that government and Erdoğan accused its sympathizers in the state bureaucracy of being behind the graft probes.

The AKP government, which launched a war against the faith-based Gülen movement following the eruption of a corruption scandal, carried its ongoing crackdown on the movement and its sympathizers to a new level after the failed coup attempt on July 15.

Although the movement strongly denies having any role in the corruption probe or the coup attempt, the government accuses it of having masterminded both despite the lack of any tangible evidence.

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, called for an international investigation into the coup attempt, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

More than 135,000 people have been purged from state bodies and 43,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian. (turkishminute.com)

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