This is what the Turkish president argued after the Ankara Parliament approved a law that will punish those who spread ‘fake news’ with sentences of up to three years in prison
Some “smear campaigns” that are conducted on social media amount to a real “terrorist attack”. This is what the Turkish president claimed Recep Tayyip Erdogan a few days after the Ankara Parliament approved a law that will punish those who spread “fake news” with sentences of up to three years in prison. Article 29 was targeted by journalists and social media users accused of “disseminating misleading information to the public”. During a meeting of the AKP party in Ankara, Erdogan said today that “the defamatory and lying campaigns that target the interests of our country, the values of our nation, the confidentiality of our people are a sort of terrorist attack “.
Social media, according to Erdogan, has become a source of “slander, threats, blackmail and dangers” against individuals and institutions. The new law, he said, was an “urgent need” to combat “disinformation”. Opposition parties and human rights groups have warned that the new law will increase censorship and silence dissent ahead of next year’s general elections. The law also provides that the prison sentence can be increased by half if information is disseminated through anonymous accounts or as part of a banned group.