Turkish President Abdullah Gul has approved a new law tightening control of the Internet .
It will enable the authorities to block access to web pages within hours without a prior court order.
The controversial bill has sparked concerns over censorship which the government denies, saying it is making the internet more safe
Turkey has been seeking membership of the European Union for decades, but the new law is one of several which have raised concern in Brussels, which fears it is shifting further away from EU norms.
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