Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and wife Emine Erdogan greet a crowd of supporters from the balcony of the Justice and Development Party headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, on March 31, 2014. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)
Seeking to stop a damaging corruption scandal from growing larger, Turkish Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan has launched an all-out assault on Internet freedom, targeting social media sites and then blocking workarounds that kept Turks connected.
While heavy-handed censorship may tamp down dissent within Turkey, such tactics damage the country's image and could deal a mortal blow to the country's chances of being admitted into the European Union.
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