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US slams Turkey's Twitter ban

Published on Mar 22, 2014 5:12 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Friday hit out at Turkey's banning of the online social network Twitter and urged Ankara to restore access to what it called "basic communication tools."

State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said an order to prevent Turks from accessing the US firm's micro-blogging site was "contrary to Turkey's own expressed desire to be a model of democracy."

"The United States supports freedom of expression in Turkey and opposes any action to encroach on the right to free speech," she told reporters.

"We urge the Turkish government to unblock its citizens' access to Twitter and ensure free access to all social media platforms." The White House said it was "deeply concerned that the Turkish government has blocked its citizens' access to basic communication tools."

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