- The Swedish Pirate Party condemns the censorship of the Internet by the Turkish government, said Swedish Pirate Party deputy leader Anna Troberg. Turkey is building digital walls when it is in everyone’s interest to tear them down.
As many people use the Internet for everyday communication, this is a direct obstacle to people in their professional, family and business lives. It’s like placing a massive concrete block on a busy city street, but with far worse traffic chaos as a result. Turkey has millions of Google services’ users who have now been imposed with a digital curfew.
This event is a reminder that free access to information is essential in today’s society. It affects not just the millions of Turks who use the Internet, but also the other economic, cultural and intellectual processes that are directly dependent on access to the Internet in order to function.
- Turkey has sabotaged the Internet not only for Turks, says Anna Troberg. In the digital world we live in all operating on the internet are affected.
Turkey claims to be a secular democracy, but acts as something quite different. It is incompatible with a modern state to act in this way.
- Either there is democracy or there is no democracy, it’s that easy sometimes, says Anna Troberg.
For more information:
call Anna Troberg (PP), deputy leader, +46 704-676273
call Rick Falk Vinge (PP), leader of the Pirate Party, +46 708-303600
See Pirate Party press web, http://press.piratpartiet.se, for press photos, and more
About the Pirate Party:
The Pirate Party got 7.1% of the vote in European elections in 2009, and became the largest party among first-time voters. The party was founded on 1st of January 2006 and stands for integrity, culture and knowledge. It does not address the allocation policy or other classic left-right issues. Pirate Party will run for the general election September 19, 2010 at all three levels.