Turkish judiciary proves itself daily as the most backward section of the Establishment and AKP is about to complete its "Ankara-ization". Now relatively accepted by the gatekeepers of the Establishment, the ruling party remains indifferent to web bans.
You have blogger? Turkey has blocker! First, it was WordPress. Then YouTube. And now Blogger, world’s largest ‘free’ blog service, is blocked or banned in Turkey. Why? What difference does it make? What’s next? The Internet? Is this a ploy by traditional media outlets (i.e. sensationalist Turkish newspapers whose readership among porn enthusiasts is on the way down) to shut…
I didn’t know that more proxy sites(unblock sites) are available than the youtube one. Now I am using vtunnel.com. Very simple to use…so the ban have no effect at all, with the exeption that it takes more time and that some features disappeared. I can not create links for example.
That there are idiots in Turkey who ruin, sorry, run different segments of the society is clear for me. But some are really dumbs. Here a story I picked up from a fellow blogger on englishturkey.com:
While the right of freedom of expression is provided for by both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Turkey banned blogger.com. The rights, as stated in those two declarations includes, with limited exceptions, the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, regardless of frontiers. The international human rights framework provided by these instruments applies to communication on the Internet just as it applies to other forms of communication.
The European Union would definitely need Turkey if it desired to become a global power, chief advisor to the
On the eve of the Nov. 5 release of a critical progress report on Turkey’s EU membership efforts, EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn urged Ankara to stay within the boundaries of human rights and freedoms while fighting terrorism and called on member states of the 27-nation bloc to stand behind the union’s statements on combating terrorism.
Turkey obtained 151 votes from the 192-member General Assembly, one of the highest number of votes received in a three-way contest, with 80% of the votes cast in favor of Turkey. The election of Turkey to the UN Security Council represents the confidence reposed the country and her peaceful foreign policy based on dialogue and cooperation.
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By Bruce Macphail
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