World press on media freedom in Trukey and Iranian nuclear programme (April 11-13, 2014)

Hürriyet Daily News publsiehd an article by Güven Sak headlined "Twitter wars continue in Ankara."


"What is our elites’ problem with the Internet? Let me tell you the brief answer: They simply don’t know what it is for. Of course, they individually use I-pads, I-phones, surf the Internet and tweet a lot, but they lack the notion for its greater role. They have no idea how it is changing people’s lives and the economy, from small enterprises to international corporations. No idea at all. That, I think is the basis of the Twitter ban. The ban put Turkey second to North Korea in Internet freedom. What a reputation!" the article reads.

"Fortunately, the Constitutional Court was brave enough to end the farce. Why does it need courage to do what your legal framework tells you to do? Well, just look at the verbal war against the court these days. The Twitter Wars are not over. They continue with every verbal salvo against the Constitutional Court of the country. We are merely at a new episode of the saga – war against all remaining and rather lousy checks and balances, this time. Unnerving? Yes. Interesting? Very much so. I find the arguments rather hilarious," the author writes. 


"I noted that the Turkish political elite do not understand the Internet. Let me tell you what I see. There are 89 laws in Turkey in which the word “Internet” can be found, but not a single one has a clear conception of what the thing is about. Rather, our system is using the word in three different meanings: first, the Internet as a notice board: something to place exam scores and tender results on," the article reads.


"Consider it for a moment: If there is something damaging to your personality, you can put up a notice there the next day to explain yourself. Just think about doing that on the Internet! What we have here is a legal framework of the last century applied to the problems of this new one. Our only law defining the Internet, that is Number 5651, is named “the Law on Crimes Committed through the Internet.” It is all about fighting against abuse on the Internet; definitely not about developing the Internet economy or empowering individuals. Turkey is one of the few countries with no personal data protection legislation. That is a shame, if you ask me. We have a great number of young people with considerable potential, but our elite have no idea how to govern this new space," the author concludes.


The Jerusalem Post published an article devoted to the Iranian nuclear programme. "Iran's atomic energy chief said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic was entitled to enrich uranium to the weapons-grade level of 90%, and announced that Tehran was planning to construct four new nuclear plants with the help of Russia," the article reads.

"While Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), refrained from saying his country would implement plans to enrich uranium at the level needed to yield nuclear weapons material, he said Iran had the "right" to," the article reads.


"Firstly, we believe that we are entitled to any right that any NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) and (International Atomic Energy) Agency member has, which means that enrichment (of uranium) from 1% to 90% is our right," he is quoted as saying.


"Salehi also said his country planned to build four new nuclear power plants in the coming years to accompany Iran's sole nuclear power plant Bushehr. He said construction of what would be Iran's second nuclear site was due to begin in the coming Iranian-calendar year. He added that construction of the next three plants would continue every other year following alongside Russian experts," the Jerusalem Post informs. 


"Despite remaining gaps between the West and the Islamic Republic, the so-called P5+1 powers - the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China - were prepared to draft a comprehensive agreement on Iran's expanisve nuclear program," the article reads.

"The stakes in a deal are high on both sides. Western powers, along with Russia and China, want to avert an escalation of tensions in the Middle East in the form of a new war or a regional nuclear arms race. Iran, for its part, is keen to be rid of international sanctions hobbling its oil-based economy," the Jerusalem Post writes.


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