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Internet Blackout in Turkey Again: 8% of Country Were Forced Offline Amidst Diyarbakir Unrest

A second full internet shutdown has cut off 6 million citizens in Turkey’s Southeast regions according to network reachability analysis, following yesterday’s incident that shut off much of the country.

A second full internet shutdown has cut off 6 million citizens in Turkey’s Southeast regions according to network reachability analysis, following yesterday’s incident that shut off much of the country.

Affected cities yesterday included Diyarbakır, Mardin, Batman, Siirt, Van, Elazığ, Tunceli, Gaziantep, Şanlıfurfa, Kilis and Adıyaman. Citizens were reported to have driven hundreds of kilometres to gain internet access and post Facebook or Twitter updates.

The incident bears similarities to another internet blackout in the south earlier this year following the state’s removal of elected officials in predominantly Kurdish regions of the country.

ON September 11, 2016, the loss of connectivity affected both landline and mobile internet operators through fifteen cities, cutting off an estimated 12 million Turkish citizens.  It started from around 8:00 AM and lasted for around 4 hours till 12 PM.

Reina Ho

Reina Ho is a freelance reporter who focuses on censorship and information control in online space.

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