Turkey is a country in crisis and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is
doing all he can to maintain power after a failed military coup.
people do desperate things so it’s no surprise the Turkish leader has
introduced a range of measures to keep hold of power.
president declared he would rid the military of the “virus” of
subversion and gave the government sweeping powers to expand a crackdown
that has already included mass arrests and the closure of hundreds of
But that’s not the only thing he has done to maintain tighter control.
From censoring the country’s media to banning social media, Erdogan is determined to squash all dissent.
Here are just some of the things that will land you in trouble with Turkish authorities.
Ban work trips
Turkey’s higher education
council has already banned academics from work trips abroad and urged
those overseas to quickly return home, the state-run Anadolu news agency
It also told universities that academics who are
already abroad on work or study missions should return home “within the
shortest possible time”.
The council asked university rectors to
“urgently examine the situation of all academic and administrative
personnel linked with US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Mr Gulen, a
reclusive 75-year-old Islamic preacher, has been in exile in the US
since 1999, but wields enormous influence in Turkish society, with
supporters in the media, police and judiciary.
Sorry, no Twitter
Human rights groups have long protested about government interference in social media use.
the coup, internet monitoring groups said people reported issues with
using Facebook and Twitter. However, the crackdown appeared to ease as
the events unfolded and numerous citizens broadcast live video on
Facebook and sent tweets.
Turkey regularly places restrictions on social media, particularly in the lead up to elections, Reuters reported.
Turkey has prevented its citizens accessing WikiLeaks, the site which releases top secret information.
ban aims to curtail those in Turkey from reading details about the
country’s power structures and government, INews reported.
Although good old WikiLeaks has come up with a way around this.
Freedom of expression
has regularly censored the country’s media with human rights group
Amnesty International warning journalists will be the latest victim of
the sweeping crackdown.
Amnesty said the government wanted to
investigate and punish those responsible for the coup but it should not
be done at the expense of freedom of speech.
Amnesty International’s Turkey researcher said: “We are witnessing a
crackdown of exceptional proportions in Turkey at the moment. While it
is understandable, and legitimate, that the government wishes to
investigate and punish those responsible for this bloody coup attempt,
they must abide by the rule of law and respect freedom of expression.”
Visit certain internet sites and you may find yourself in trouble.
to Amnesty, authorities arbitrarily blocked access to more than 20 news
websites in the days following the coup attempt.
It fears more will be blocked in the coming days.