Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) arrives to address the members of parliament of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on February 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vehemently rejected criticism of his country's tough new Internet curbs, saying the legislation was necessary to stop "cyber bullies running wild".Turkey's parliament triggered a storm of protest at home and abroad last week after it approved restrictions to the Internet, with opponents saying they were an attempt by Erdogan to stifle dissent.Turkey's opposition and numerous rights groups have urged the president not to approve the curbs.The timing of the legislation has raised eyebrows because it comes as Erdogan is battling a major corruption investigation implicating members of his inner circle, seen as the biggest challenge yet to his 11-year-rule.
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