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Saudi Arabia Blocks Access to Two Turkish News Websites

Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images
Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Following Twitter’s takedown of accounts linked to a Saudi disinformation operation critical towards Turkey, Saudi Arabian authorities have blocked access to the two state-affiliated Turkish websites – Anadolu Agency and TRT Arabic, reported Anadolu Agency on 13 April 2020.

Social media users and international media websites said that Saudi Arabia’s latest move to block Turkish news websites is a violation of freedom of press and expression, which has increased during the reign of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

On 2 April 20, Twitter removed a total of 5,350 accounts associated with Saudi Arabia and operating out of multiple countries including KSA, Egypt and UAE. The network of accounts was amplifying content praising Saudi leadership, and critical of Qatar and Turkish activity in Yemen.