Turkey's telecommunications authority has shut down a digital platform that made it easy to read magazines online after a magazine called "Demokrati" published a cover story on democracy with a photo of senior Turkish official kicking a protester.
The platform, issuu.com, was blocked on Sept. 6 through an administrative decision -- an authority granted after a controversial Internet bill that made it possible for the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) to shut down web-sites without a court order.
The magazine cover published a photo of then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's adviser Yusuf Yerkel kicking a mourner in Manisa's Soma district in May, a day after a mining disaster that killed more than 301 workers.
Yerkel, one of Erdoğan’s advisers, was captured delivering an enraged kick at a prone protester who was being held down by two soldiers. Turkish media reported that according to witness accounts, special forces were interrogating the protester after the latter kicked an official car belonging to the convoy of the prime minister. Yerkel, who saw the scene as he was preparing to take a seat in the car assigned to him, ran at the protester, kicking him three or four times.
Yerkel later said he should not have done it but avoided offering an apology and the Prime Ministry preserved his position. (Cihan/Today’s Zaman)