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Wood Pencil / White Pencil - Creativity for Good / Advertising & Marketing Communications - Brand / 2015

During the Gezi Park protests in 2013, the authoritarian policies of the Turkish government effectively neutered mainstream media, which drove people to share reports of the unfolding situation online. The government responded by attempting to pass a law that allowed authorities to erase any internet content within four hours and without a court order. Radikal, a major Turkish newspaper wanted to raise awareness of this subject. In February 2014, hundreds of news articles on Radikal's website faded out over four hours before completely disappearing, letting readers experience the censored internet. Journalists, celebrities, politicians and bloggers all over the world supported the campaign, turning it into a social movement. As a result, President Abdullah Gül revised the law.

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