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PM Erdogan says no Internet censorship in Turkey

Published on Feb 9, 2014 12:51 AM

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkey's prime minister hit back at suggestions that new Internet regulations will limit freedom of expression, ahead of a planned demonstration in Istanbul against the curbs on Saturday.

"These regulations do not impose any censorship at all on the Internet... On the contrary, they make it safer and freer," Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Istanbul.

He also denied that the regulations, passed by parliament on Wednesday, meant that government authorities would have access to Internet users' personal information.

"Never. It is out of the question that people's private data will be recorded," said Mr Erdogan, prime minister since 2003.

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