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Yıldırım warns that authorities which do not cooperate with the government over cyber crimes will receive an 'Ottoman slap' in response. AA photo

Yıldırım warns that authorities which do not cooperate with the government over cyber crimes will receive an 'Ottoman slap' in response. AA photo

Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım has warned that authorities which do not cooperate with the government over cyber crimes will receive an “Ottoman slap” in response.

“The Turkish Republic doesn't recognize those who don’t recognize it,” Yıldırım said. “79 million [people] will hit them with an 'Ottoman slap.'”

The minister gave his message during a speech at a media conference, following the negative response of social media websites with regard to sharing data about posts made during the recent Gezi Park protests.

Yıldırım said the government was comfortable with the free use of the Internet, but added that using it as a tool for violence and crime was "unacceptable."

"They shouldn't behave swaggeringly, feeling as if millions of users stand on their side," he said, strongly hinting at micro blogging site Twitter.

Facebook and Twitter recently denied claims that they agreed to share data with the government regarding members' posts on the Gezi Park protests.

June/28/2013

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hanni bal

7/1/2013 12:12:02 PM

nice figure of speech.

alkan alkan

6/29/2013 3:23:43 PM

Where was the Ottoman Slap when faced with the British and Russian Empires..?!

Irish Rover

6/29/2013 1:30:45 PM

I agree with the commentators that this really is hilarious and shows the low-caliber of the government. While amusing, what is alarming about this drivel is that there are hill-billy buffoons in Turkey that believe and support these ideas. What is happening to this beautiful country? Kick the villagers and simpletons out of the government and let Turkey move from the 1800s back to the 21st century.

Brit in Turkey

6/29/2013 12:56:35 PM

David Cuthell: I think you get the prize for the best comment here.

Brit in Turkey

6/29/2013 12:54:56 PM

Aryeh Rapaport: Until a few months back YouTube was banned here. They will do it again.

Brit in Turkey

6/29/2013 12:51:23 PM

Basil Keilani: You're wrong about the British, the government is giving the British people the EU Slap!

Köksüz Kosmopolit

6/29/2013 9:22:22 AM

Perhaps "giving an Ottoman slap" will become a beloved slang expression, like "bashing the bishop", "flogging the dolphin" or "shaking hands with the unemployed".

Köksüz Kosmopolit

6/29/2013 9:12:45 AM

“The Turkish Republic doesn't recognize those who don’t recognize it”, says MInister Yıldırım. Exactly, esteemed Minister! That's why everybody who loves the Turkish Republic and the ideals that made it wants to see you and the rest of Erdoğan's AKP gang out of power.

Not Here

6/29/2013 8:51:10 AM

If you want an Ottoman slap, try registering a foreign electronic here. What a nightmare, chaos, and the number of inefficient people you will encounter. And now i have a better understanding of this unnecessary bureaucracy. Just trying to follow their rules gives you numerous Ottoman slaps, not to mention the number of them waiting with their hands out for your money, and with the explanation of; "if i have done something wrong, you cannot get your money back" and yes.. I have lived it.

american american

6/29/2013 3:20:23 AM

i hope he's not too heavy to lead the charge!
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