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[liberationtech] BBC: Izmir police arrested 25 people for tweeting "misinformation".

micah micah at riseup.net
Wed Jun 5 06:46:25 PDT 2013


michael gurstein <gurstein at gmail.com> writes:

> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22776946
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> Also in Izmir, state-run Anatolia news agency reported that police had
> arrested 25 people for tweeting "misinformation".
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> An official from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Ali Engin,
> told Anatolia they were being held for "calling on people to protest".
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> Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Twitter was a
> "menace" being used to spread "lies".

It is frightening to hear about arrests in turkey because of
twitter. How were they identified?

More importantly, the announcement comes from the state-run news. One
should take any state-run news with a grain of salt. Perhaps this was
done to scare people away from using social media. If that is the real
truth, then the state-run media is the one spreading "misinformation",
which would be ironic which perhaps belies the truth.



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