Turkish news blackouts on the rise  - columnist

Turkey’s courts are blocking news published by the nation's press on a daily basis, without giving media organisations the chance to defend their rights to publish the material, according to Faruk Bildirici, a columnist for Hürriyet newspaper.

Courts from all over the country are making decisions to block access to the news stories, published on websites such as hurriyet.com, Bildirici said.

An estimate that readers are denied access to 10-15 articles published by Hürriyet each day “would not be an exaggeration”, he said. Other news websites are probably in the same situation, he said.

Judges are making use of Law 5651, governing the publication of news articles on the internet, to block the material, he said.