Turkey's Online Crackdown

Turkey's Online Crackdown

Friday, 25 July 2014

Over 100 online gambling sites have been blocked by Turkey over the past five years according to a report from the country's telecommunications authority (TIB).

According to MiddleEastEye.net, the TIB, alongside Turkey's National Lottery, has campaigned for action to be taken against 440 sites since 2009. A total of 110 have been blocked to date on the grounds that they provided users with illegal online gambling.

The online block is in line with Turkey's policy on live gambling which was banned in 2007. The country's last brick and mortar venue closed its doors on 1997.

There appears to still be an appetite for gambling in Turkey though. Many Turkish tourists head across the border to the Black Sea resort of Batumi in neighbouring Georgia where casinos and gambling are legal.

Tags: Turkey, law