In this Thursday, July 28, 2016 file photo, a woman buys a newspaper from a kiosk in central Istanbul. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)
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Turkish lawmakers have passed a new law giving the communications watchdog the power to block internet broadcasts, raising more fears of a new curb on freedom of expression.The legislation passed late Wednesday expands the remit of Turkey's audiovisual authority RTUK, which regulates and supervises radio, television and on-demand broadcasts.Opponents say the law will mean that internet giants like Netflix and YouTube could be blocked in Turkey if complaints are made against some of their videos.There have been blocks on YouTube in the past, but it is currently accessible in Turkey.A majority of lawmakers in Turkey's Parliament are from Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party.Paylan said the opposition was able to force a significant amendment through to ensure private individuals who post video online would not be affected by the new law.
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