‘We receive complaints mostly over obscenity’

Fethi Şimşek

January 10, 2011, Monday/ 17:05:00

Most complaints about website contents submitted to Turkey’s internet supervisory body concern obscenity, the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) president has said.

While noting that the services of the websites with obscene contents are mostly free of charge, TİB President Fethi Şimşek told Today’s Zaman financial entrepreneurs operating “erotic shops” are behind these free services.

Şimşek said 70,000 pornographic websites were launched monthly in the world last year and the related complaints and problems have reflected on Turkish internet users as well.

TİB launched a website, www.ihbarweb.org.tr, for reporting illegal internet content in November 2007. Şimşek said they have received more than 220,000 complaints through the website thus far. “At least 200 complaints are submitted to the website every day,” he said.

Complaints can be submitted if they follow within the guidelines of the articles specified in law No. 5651, which are encouragement of suicide, sexual abuse of children, facilitation of drug use, providing unhealthy materials, obscenity, prostitution, gambling and insulting Mustafa Kemal Atatürk -- the founder of the Turkish Republic.

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