Turkey: Tightened Control in Election Run-Up
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Opposition members of parliament hold up placards protesting the Erdoğan government’s proposed law to criminalize disinformation and tighten control over social media as an attempt to increase censorship in the run up to 2023 elections; October 11, 2022.
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(Istanbul) – Turkey’s government has increased its censorship powers and targeted perceived critics and opponents with bogus criminal proceedings and prison sentences in advance of 2023 presidential and parliamentary elections, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2023.
On December 14, 2022, an Istanbul court imposed a prison sentence on the city’s mayor, Ekrem İmamoğlu, an Erdogan government opponent, and banned him from holding elected office on …read more
Source:: Human Rights Watch