Conflict & Justice

As Protests Continue in Turkey, Many Turn to Social Media for News Coverage

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Credit: Umit Bektas/Reuters
Anti-government protesters march during a recent demonstration in Ankara, Turkey.

Turkish protesters on Wednesday unveiled a list of concessions they want from their government.

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They include banning the use of tear gas by police, and lifting restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly.

The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not likely to oblige.

Erdogan has been very critical of the protesters – and called their use of social media a scourge on society.

Meanwhile, the protests continue in both Istanbul and Ankara.

Zeynep Tufekci joins us regularly to talk about the intersection of politics and technology.

She's a visiting scholar at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy.

She also happens to be Turkish.

Tufekci says these protests are unique in Turkey's history.

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