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Turkey PM defends new Internet curbs as way to stop 'cyber bullies'

Published on Feb 11, 2014 8:56 PM

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vehemently rejected criticism of his country's tough new Internet curbs, saying the legislation was necessary to stop "cyber bullies running wild".

"Nobody will be tapped. Nobody's (personal) data on the Internet will be stored. Nobody's freedom will be breached," Erdogan told his ruling party lawmakers in parliament.

Turkey's parliament triggered a storm of protest at home and abroad last week after it approved restrictions to the Internet, with opponents saying they were an attempt by Erdogan to stifle dissent.

Hitting back at international criticism that the new regulations amounted to online censorship, Erdogan said: "Nobody can teach us a lesson."

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