Turkey Twitter ban: Constitutional court rules illegal

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People across Turkey have staged a number of street protests against the ban

Turkey’s ban on the social media site Twitter violates freedom of expression and individual rights, the country’s top court has ruled.

The constitutional court also said that last month’s ban must be lifted, sending a statement to Turkey’s media regulator and the government.

It remains unclear whether the verdict will lead to a lifting of the block.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had vowed to “wipe out Twitter” after users spread allegations of corruption.

Twitter itself has filed a challenge to the access ban.

On Wednesday, the constitutional court in Ankara sent its ruling to the country’s telecommunication authority (TIB) and the transport and communications ministry.

It asked them to “do what’s necessary” to lift the ban, Turkey’s NTV television reported.

The authorities have so far made no public comment on the verdict.

A ban was imposed on 21 March on the grounds that Twitter had failed to remove the allegations of corruption involving senior officials.

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  1. PM Erdogan from Exclusive Muslim Party (AKP) will create Islamic state of Turkey step by step through the system of Democracy-Secular. AKP like Muslim Brotherhood want to impose their beliefs to others. I.e. They ban tweeter, You Tube, Face Book etc. They believe that Tweeter etc is unIslam.

    Turkey will become like state of Saudi Arabia, and communist countries where there is no freedom of religion and expression anymore.

    The system Democracy Secular without protecting the right of minority, will become tyranny State oppressive, discriminative and injustice.

    Allah condemned the ruler who treat His people unfairly and oppressively.

    Allah commanded the ruler or Government to protect the right minority.

    “And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)? Men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will protect; and raise for us from thee one who will help.QS. 4:75.

    Speak up for people who can not speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless.speak for them and be a righteous judge.protect the right of the poor and needy. Proverb 31:8.

    The truth of Islamic teaching do not impose your beliefs to others, but to protect the right of minority, include the right of expression, religion, women, the right of speech etc.

    We moderately educated Muslim have to speak up loudly to protect the right of minorities, the right of using the Tweeter, You tube, Face book, Internet etc .

    If we can achieve to protect the right of minority, it means we are protecting the truth of Islam.

    May Allah guide all Muslim leaders , Saudi Arabia, and Turkey to the truth of Islam, Ameen

    With all my love
    Wassalamu’alikum wr wb.

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