Turkey's Gul lobbied over Internet control law

Feb 10, 2014, 11:16 AM EST
Turkey's President Abdullah Gul addresses the Turkish Parliament during a debate as the parliament reconvenes after a summer recess in Ankara October 1, 2013.
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Turkish P.M. Tayyip Erdogan pushed a bill granting him sweeping new powers to control the Internet, including the ability to block webpages within hours, through parliament last week, and now expects his traditional partner in President Abdullah Gul to sign it. The only problem is the suspicion among opposition activists and the legal community that Erdogan wants protection from Internet coverage of his administration's corruption woes.


Turkish Internet bill heaps pressure on President Gul [Reuters]