Members of the Turkish Parliament are considering changing the online gambling laws within Turkey. The new laws would allow for authorities to block an online gambling site without having to go through the proper judicial procedures. This means no investigation would be needed in order to back up the authorities claims.
This poses a major threat to Turkish online players as one day they could be enjoying their experience at their favorite betting websites to only find out the next day that it has been blacklisted. This potentially means that Turkish Authorities could whip out online gambling in Turkey as a whole.
Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey and his fellow business allies presented proof of the wrongdoing that has occurred within their country. He noted that Social Media and Video Sites have allowed for the citizens of his country to see the harmful actions that can occur due to online gambling.
The Communications Minister of Turkey Lutfu Elvan resported to Mr. Erdogan saying, “The majority of European countries has considerably easier laws that allow for online casinos to have a case before they are simply blacklisted. This is a horrible new law that’ll allow for authorities to potentially destroy all of online gambling in Turkey.”
The President of Turkey Abdullah Gul has yet to approve the new law due to all of the negative feedback that has been coming from citizens located all across the country.
The Commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe Niz Muizneiks also commented on the potential new law saying, “This is a hasty law that goes against the amendments that have been in parliament for years. It is a law that resembles one a communist regime would use.”