In the wake of the terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, who had run a series of cartoons mocking the Muslim prophet Mohammed, Turkey is making a move to crack down on material offensive to the religious sensibilities of Muslims and obliterate other’s right to freedom of speech.
A Turkish court is demanding that authorities block access to any Facebook pages that insult the Prophet Mohammed and warned the whole site will be banned if the company doesn’t comply. Many believe this drastic decision is part of Turkey’s president, Tayyip Erdogan’s, Islamist-leaning agenda for the largely Muslim nation.
Although Facebook has yet to respond to the ruling, it is unknown if they will bow down to Turkey’s demand, considering Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently said the company would not censor content published in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, adding that he would “never let one country or group of people dictate what people can share across the world.”
Despite Zuckerberg’s claim of not cow tailing to Muslim nations, Facebook statistics show a different plan of action, proving the site has removed 1,893 pieces of content at the request of the Turkish government to date.
Online censorship is a regular practice in the middle east, in large part to protect the image of the Prophet Muhammad. MailOnline reported that Facebook and Twitter were briefly banned in Pakistan after the sites refused to remove photos pertaining to the Muslim prophet. Facebook was ultimately reinstated after site regulators caved to the pressure and blocked the images in Pakistan.
Censoring websites to cater to the religious sensibilities of individuals that will slaughter others for using their freedom of expression is allowing them to win the war on terror one small step at a time. We must stand for freedom and not allow Muslim nations to dictate what is and is not acceptable, even in the online world.
—Courtesy of Mad World News