ANKARA Feb 6 Turkey's parliament approved
changes to a law regulating use of the Internet late on
Wednesday, enabling authorities to block access to web pages for
violations of privacy that critics say will limit freedom of
Parliament, where Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party
has a majority, voted in favour of the articles, which allow the
telecommunications authority to block access to material within
four hours without obtaining a prior court order.
The move coincides with a graft inquiry, portrayed by
Erdogan as a "judicial coup" plot, which has prompted the
government to reassign thousands of police officers and more
than 200 prosecutors and judges.
The articles are part of a package of laws that still have
to be adopted as a whole. Once it has, the bill will be sent to
President Abdullah Gul for his approval.
(Writing by Daren Butler, editing by Elizabeth Piper)