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Germany criticises Turkey over Twitter ban
March 21, 2014 / 12:21 PM / 4 years ago

Germany criticises Turkey over Twitter ban

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government criticised Turkey on Friday for blocking access to social media platform Twitter, saying it did not fit with Germany’s view of freedom of expression.

A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura, California December 21, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/Files

“What we are hearing from Turkey does not comply with what we in Germany understand as free communication,” said Merkel’s spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz. “It doesn’t fit with our idea of freedom of expression to forbid or block any form of communication.”

Turkey’s courts blocked access to Twitter (TWTR.N) following Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s vow, on the campaign trail ahead of March 30 local elections, to “wipe out” the service. He says he does not care what the international community says about it, though President Abdullah Gul has objected to his actions.

Reporting by Stephen Brown; Editing by Noah Barkin

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