The Daily Outrage: Turkey bars access to 3,700 Internet sites 

What: Turkey — which is trying to prove it’s a modern democracy that should be admitted into the European Union — is barring access to 3,700 Internet sites, including YouTube, GeoCities and large swaths of Google pages. The Turkish Internet law is so broad and politically controlled that if any content on a Web site is deemed “objectionable,” the entire site is blocked.

What’s being done: The European Union’s main human rights watchdog, the 56-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, blasted Turkey for blocking Internet freedom for “arbitrary and political” reasons that are “incompatible” with European Union commitments. The watchdog also said criminal code clauses were being used for threatening Turkish journalists with jail, and Turkey is trying to impose an outlandish $3.3 billion fine on major media group Dogan.

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