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Telia linked to Turkish state surveillance

Telecoms company Telia Sonera is accused of helping the Turkish state spy on union and human rights activists.

The Swedish trade union federation LO has published an investigation saying that the Turkcell company, which Telia owns, has provided wire taps to help the Turkish state prosecute dissidents.

Telia Sonera is mainly owned by the Swedish, and also the Finnish government.

A spokesman for the telecom company says that they have sent a message to the board of Turkcell, ordering them to only cooperate to the minimum extent required by Turkish law.

But Esref Okumus at the Swedish union federation's paper says that activists targeted by the Turkish state want these wire taps to be taken up and challenged by Telia Sonera.

The telecoms company has already been criticised for working with the intelligence services of governments including Belarus, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.