Online Gambling Targeted by Turkish Legislation
By Jeremy Kingsley
According to a Turkish newspaper, new restrictions are to be vigorously introduced by Turkish authorities against 'indecent broadcasting and online gambling.'

The new amendment to the existing censorship laws, Article 301 of the Penal Code, will see the Information Technology Security Agency, censor and block offending websites in the hope of contravening offending websites that are 'denigrating Turkishness, the republic, the institutions and organs of the state.'

The Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reports that where people have up until now enjoyed the freedom of expression on the Internet, they will now face considerable censorship. As well as targeting online gambling, the bill is being drawn up to combat child abuse and indecent broadcasting and legal action is expected to be taken against site owners imminently, after substantial investigation and monitoring by the IT Security Agency. Turkish Internet Service Providers are to comply with the Agency and serve court orders.

Those responsible for websites with content breaching the new legislation will face punishment that could comprise of sentences between six months and three years in prison.

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