European Union ‘gravely concerned’ over Twitter ban in Turkey

I reblogged this good post by Yavuz Baydar on the ban of Twitter in Turkey.


Access to Twitter was blocked in Turkey on Thusday night, drawing harsh reactions around the world, especially from Europe which deems the move as an obvious blow to the freedom of expression.

EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Füle said on Friday he was “gravely concerned” by a block imposed on Twitter in Turkey as the government battles a corruption scandal days ahead of elections.

“Being free to communicate and freely choose the means to do it is (a) fundamental EU value,” Füle wrote on his Twitter account.

The vice-chairman of the Liberal Group in the European Parliament, German MEP Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, called for the suspension of accession talks following a Twitter ban in Turkey. Lambsdorff, who is also his group’s shadow rapporteur on Turkey, said that negotiation with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is no longer necessary.

Speaking to Today’s Zaman, the German Liberal said: “I am asking for…

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