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Global Encryption Coalition: Turkey’s authoritarian slide takes aim at encryption

This month, Turkey’s parliament passed a legislative package that will give authorities the power to control, restrict and criminalize online speech. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself proposed what analysts are calling “the disinformation bill” or the “censorship law,” which amends 40 existing laws.

In the 2021 Reporters Without Borders media freedom index, Turkey was ranked 149th out of 180 countries and in 2021 the Committee to Protect Journalists designated Turkey the world’s sixth most prolific jailer of journalists.