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State Department on Turkish Government’s Blocking of Twitter

21 March 2014

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
March 21, 2014

Statement by Jen psaki, SPOKESPERSON

Turkish Government’s Blocking of Social Media Sites

The United States supports freedom of expression in Turkey and opposes any action to encroach on the right to free speech. We urge the Turkish government to unblock its citizens’ access to Twitter and ensure free access to all social media platforms.

An independent and unfettered media is an essential element of democratic, open societies. Today's shutdown of Twitter is contrary to Turkey's own expressed desire to uphold the highest standards of democracy.

We have conveyed our serious concern over this action to Turkish authorities.