Can you imagine a real democratic country banning Freedom of speech and expression?
We all agree that the freedom of expression is one of the building blocks of democracy, it is the political right of any person who is willing to express his opinions and ideas by his own means to anybody who is willing to receive them.
Freedom of expression is an inalienable human right and it is recognized under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and it is recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
The government bodies of Turkey is working on new regulations to pass out for the social media users to control the content of all ideas shared through the social media. More can be read on this link published on June 20, 2013 regarding Turkey's plans of Twitter and Facebook regulations soon to be passed on.
We all remember that in the past YouTube was blocked for allegedly offending national sensibilities. Not long ago there were cases when certain science based internet sites were blocked by the court orders claiming to be offending Muslim beliefs. If Turkey is a secular state religious beliefs would make no difference on the court orders. As the free people of Turkey we want to decide what we want to read on internet and social media. We want to see the reality not what the government wants us to perceive.
We want them to stop banning sites and passing on new laws to regulate what is “appropriate” in their definition. If Turkey’s PM is a real democratic leader he would appreciate the different voices heard through the right to the Freedom of Speech. We are the FREE people of Republic of Turkey each with a different ethnic background, different religion or sect and we are the owners of the Constitution.
Let’s take a stand for the freedom of speech in Turkey, if Turkey’s ruling party AKP is a believer of the Human Rights we ask them for our freedom of expression without any rules or regulations.
We do not want the access to the Facebook or Twitter to be blocked in order to supposedly ensure public safety.
We want to be free in expressing ourselves without being concerned about being detained or sentenced to jail.