Under the leadership of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has become one of the most repressive states when it comes to internet freedom — ranked by Freedom House as the 20th most repressive country in the world, right between Egypt (19) and Venezuela (21).
The irony of internet freedom was on full display shortly after midnight July 16 in Turkey when President Erdogan used FaceTime and independent TV news to call for public resistance against the military coup that aimed to depose him.
In response, thousands of citizens took to the streets and aided the government in beating back the coup. The military plotters had taken over state TV. In this digital age they apparently didn’t realize television was no longer sufficient to ensure control over the message.