Turkey: controversy over ban on videos, photos at demos

Opposition denounces 'suspended democracy'

03 May, 14:53

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, MAY 3 - A regulation issued by the Turkish interior ministry which does not allow citizens to film or take photos of police operations during demonstrations and public events has sparked a controversy. According to authorities, the regulation was introduced to defend the security of police forces and the privacy of citizens and does not apply to journalists.

    Oppositions and associations of lawyers have denounced instead an attempt to "suspend democracy", preventing public control of the conduct of security forces, often accused of violent actions during protests. Several experts have warned this could prevent to collect evidence on potential abuses committed.

    "This regulation means that democracy has been suspended in Turkey, that the constitution has been suspended, that rights and freedom have been suspended", accused Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition party, the Social Democratic Chp.

    The regulation has already been implemented during police interventions at unauthorized demonstrations on May 1 in Taksim square in Istanbul and in other cities, when over 300 people were detained. Several reporters also denounced that they were prevented from doing their job during the protests. (ANSAmed)
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