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Turkey's top court rules Twitter ban violates rights: TV

Published on Apr 2, 2014 11:40 PM
 

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey's top constitutional court ruled on Wednesday that the government's ban on the online messaging service Twitter violated rights, local media reported.

The court ordered that the ban must be lifted, sending a statement both to the country's telecommunications authority TIB and the communications ministry to "do what's necessary," the private NTV television reported.

The Twitter ban took effect on March 20 after the social media site was used to spread audio recordings that allegedly implicated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle in a corruption scandal.

Shutting down Twitter ahead of crucial March 30 local elections sparked condemnation at home and abroad and earned Turkey strong rebuke from rights groups and its Western allies.

 
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