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Radikal - Turkey | 20/02/2014

Internet law: President Gül's actions absurd

Turkish President Abdullah Gül signed a controversial Internet law on Tuesday despite the warnings of the opposition and the EU. Under the new law the government can block websites without obtaining a court order beforehand. Gül had previously voiced reservations about the law and has now signed it only after the government made changes on two critical points. The liberal daily Radikal sees his approach as confusing and pointless: "Does the government alone make laws? In practice that's how it is, but what about the parliament? By approving a law he considers questionable the president is renouncing not just his own role but that of parliament too. ... This approach is absurd. There's a far better one: repeal the law entirely! Say openly that it was wrong; that you made a mistake. ... If things go on like this, far more dangerous things may follow after this law."

Radikal - Turkey | 02/10/2013

Turkey's headscarve rules are arbitrary

With the reform package presented on Monday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan eased the ban on wearing headscarves in public institutions. But policewomen, judges and soldiers are still subject to the ban on the grounds that headscarves are not compatible with their uniforms. The liberal daily Radikal criticises these restrictions: "Let's not even mention the fact that some police officers walk the beat wearing civilian clothes. Or that apart from their hats, judges don't wear uniforms. And if hats are considered part of their uniforms, let's keep the question of why women lawyers can wear headscarves to ourselves. Let's just say that with the AKP's announced democracy package, headscarves simply can't be worn everywhere by everyone. Fine. But if they can't be worn by everyone, why are teachers, doctors, nurses and tellers allowed to wear them? How do you explain this distinction? When freedom is the rule, shouldn't there be comprehensible reasons for any exceptions?"

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