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Rights Groups Warn Turkish Govt Control of Internet Threatens Elections

The Twitter logo is seen on a smartphone held beside a Turkish flag. Photo: EPA/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand

"The Turkish government has accelerated its efforts to enforce censorship and tighten control over social media and independent online news sites ahead of this election," said Deborah Brown, senior technology researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Key dates in Erdogan’s career

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who earlier this year marked 20 years in power - first as prime minister and later as president - is seeking a third consecutive presidential term in elections on May 14.

The 69-year-old started as a reformist who expanded rights and freedoms, allowing his majority-Muslim country to start European Union membership negotiations.

Two arrested over attack on AKP office in Istanbul

Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting outside an election campaign office of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Istanbul on April 25.

The suspects opened fire at the AKP's election campaign office in the Güngören district. No injuries were reported in the incident, but the office's windowpanes were shattered.