Human Rights Commissioner Strässer on Turkey’s Twitter block

21.03.2014 - Press release

Christoph Strässer, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, issued the following statement today (21 March) in response to the Twitter block in Turkey:

In blocking the microblogging site Twitter, Turkey has crossed a line that ought to be taboo for any EU membership candidate. It is unacceptable and intolerable for freedom of the press and freedom of opinion to be restricted to such an extent. The Turkish Government is called upon to reverse the block without delay.


It was made impossible today to access Twitter accounts and to send tweets via Turkish servers. As justification, officials cited the need to protect Turkish citizens’ right to individual privacy.

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