Media Research Association (MEDAR), in cooperation with ETKİNİZ EU; conducted quantitative research called ‘Impact of Social Media Law on Media Freedom in Turkey Monitoring Report’, which sought to monitor the effects of ‘The Law on the Regulation of Broadcasts via Internet and Prevention of Crimes Committed through Such Broadcasts’ which was adopted on July 29, 2020 and came into force in October 2020.
In this context, 658 news were listed in 35 institutions between October 2020 to April 2021. A four-pillar methodology was developed to classify the news articles by subject, by the position of the actors/complainants mentioned in the news article, by the justifications cited in removal requests and by the organizations receiving the request. Thus, it was opened to see the quantitative weight of the removal request between the scanned dates in various titles and compositions.
With this report, MEDAR aims to measure the impact of the law on the scope of content removal within the framework of press freedom and citizens’ right to access news and information.