Newshub18:Turkish media outlets express concern over draft law.
A one-year-old draft law is going to be put to a vote in the Turkish parliament, making false information a criminal offense. The law has caused deep concern among media rights groups across the country.
The bill was raised by the ruling majority MPs. If the so-called “misrepresentation” law is passed, government officials could be sentenced to up to three years in prison for spreading false news or false information.
The proposed law is arranged in 40 sections. These include social media targeting users and digital media. If the proposed law is passed, it will consider digital media companies as conventional news media and fall under the same rights and restrictions as print and broadcast media. These include the eligibility to apply for press credentials and the right to receive state advertising costs.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. The next presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for June 2023. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected the offer.
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Farooq Eren is the head of the Press Union of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey. “We are concerned that if the proposal is passed into law before the election, it will be used as a cover-up,” he told VOA. He added, “The proposal uses vague words like ‘fake news and false news’. The government already calls all news that is annoying to them “false” or “baseless.” Now using this law, they will try to silence the digital media. ”
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. They also argue that Western countries have similar restrictions on misinformation, including the United States and European countries