Facebook activities against the Blogger ban!

Posted by on October 26th, 2008
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A facebook group against the Blogger ban (in Turkish) 

Another group against censorship. 

Another one:

Blogger / BlogSpot Yasağı Kalksın

A Facebook cause:  Stop Internet Censorship in Turkey!.

A group I had founded:

Net freedom in Turkey!

Some related news: 

Turks are banned from Blogger!

By Murat Altinbasak

..unless you’re outside of Turkey, as I am. Well. This is nothing short of a complete embarrassment. Talk about insulting Turkishness.. This is a shameful insult to the entire population of Turkey. You will go to jail for expressing a low opinion of a dead guy, but removing the freedom of 80 million people to access Blogger? That’s fine and dandy, sweet as candy.. Which century is this? Who elected the officials who are responsible? I hate to say it, but there’s a saying that goes around a lot during election season.. something like "You get the government you deserve".. Yes that’s a jab at the Turks who elected, or enabled, or made it possible, for the dipshits in Ankara to occupy their positions of power. Get rid of these bad eggs!

Blogger.com Banned In Turkey

By timothy on no-longer-young-turks

petermp writes "A Turkish court has blocked access to the popular blog hosting service Blogger (Blogger.com and Blogspot.com, owned by Google), since Friday, October 24th, 2008. According to BasBasBas.com, a Dutch blogger based in Istanbul, who alerted readers about the issue: ‘It is suspected that the reason for this has something to do with Adnan Oktar, by some considered the leading Muslim advocate for creationism, who has in the past managed to get WordPress, Google Groups, as well as Richard Dawkins’ website [banned].’"

Blogger.com banned in Turkey

Google groups, porn sites, slide.com, wordpress, YouTube… Blogger.com is the latest addition to this list of banned web sites in Turkey.
After the passing of the new law, web sites in Turkey can be banned without a warning for several reasons:

  • Obscenity: This of course leads to a whole lot of questions like “How to define obscenity”
  • Promoting drug use
  • Provoking suicide: Another open-to-interpretation clause. Would a movie about a suicidal teenager be promoting suicide?
  • Sexuel abuse of children
  • Insult to Turkishness and Ataturk
  • Prostitution
  • Gambling
  • Providing material harmful to public health

War and peace

Given the heated debate on media freedom in past weeks, the recent warnings from the armed forces to Taraf newspaper and the court closures of Internet sites, it should come as no surprise that Turkey only ranked 103rd out of 173 countries in the 2008 edition of the Press Freedom Index published annually by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which covers the 12 months prior to September.

  • Has the European Commission said anything about this? Should be high on their list to look at with regard to Turkey joining the EU.

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