World Bulletin / News Desk
The United States is the last country that should criticize the Turkish government on its new Internet law, Turkey's EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.
Speaking on a TV program, Cavusoglu reacted to criticizms made by the U.S. and European countries over Turkey's individual rights regarding the new law.
President Abdullah Gul signed a controversial Internet bill into law on Tuesday. The bill allows the country's national telecommunications authority (TIB) to block access to particular parts of websites without prior court approval, inducing opposition and media claims that the government wants to shut down the Internet.
An U.S. spokesperson said that the legislation has the potential to harm Turkey’s economic future.
“We are looking to Turkey during this process to uphold the fundamental freedoms that really underscore why we're concerned about this legislation,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said. “We also believe that the law could negatively impact Turkey's business and investment climate.”, she added.
Cavusoglu also blamed Turkish opposition parties because of their complaints to European countries about the country. "We are able to respond to all questions from the Turkish people and the EU. All issues have been discussed with the EU," he added.
Former NSA agent Edward Snowden last year revealed that the U.S. government has been spying on millions of civilians and foreign officials after he leaked documents outlining the widespread collection of telephone records and emails.
Now, he faces criminal charges in his home country, after fleeing to Hong Kong and then Russia, where he was granted at least a year's asylum.
He was charged with theft of government property, unauthorised communication of national security information and giving classified intelligence data to an unauthorised person.