Twitter sent an email to Today’s Zaman deputy editor Celil Sağır, saying that his account would be withheld due to a court ruling upon a complaint.
Sağır informed its followers on twitter that his account would be withheld in Turkey.
“In case you haven’t heard; my twitter account will be withheld in Turkey. Let’s say it’s like @fuatavni. Twitter also attached a court ruling. The complaint is about violation of personal rights. Twitter also objected within the freedom of expression,” he said.
Twitter: We objected, we will keep you posted
Saying that he appealed to 5th Peace Court to avoid such “unlawful attempt”, Sağır continued: “This unlawful attempt has limited the internet freedom”. He also opened an account @CelilSgr as a backup solution.
Twitter also said that they will inform their user if they receive responses from the court.
Odabaşı: Both violation of law, both a mistake
Sağır’s lawyer Ali Odabaşı, on the other hand, claimed that the ruling violated Law No 5651 on the Internet.
“If it is about a lie, an accusation or an insult, that account can’t be withheld. Those tweets must be removed instead. This is an unlawful situation."
Odabaşı also added that the ruling was a mistake as Sağır’s account was mentioned as @esagir instead of his real account @csagir.
“This drops the banning ruling and it doesn’t concern my client. We will make the necessary objection”. (EÖ/AS/BM)
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