President Gül’s unfortunate statement on web censorship

from Turkey’s Gul says pleased with increasing consencus on new ..

President Gul attended the World Leaders Forum at the Columbia University in New York and delivered a speech “What Next? Turkey’s Global Vision for a Prosperous Future”.

Referring to the blocked access to some global sites, President Gul said, “I want to reiterate once again that it is not a censor. The problem stems from deficiencies in our tax laws. I have been encouraging both the government and the parliament to upgrade those laws.”

This statement is qualitatively not different from Iran’s president who denied existence of gays in Iran… I know personally Mr. Gül does not have ill intentions but he is definitely misinformed… I wonder if he needs to be informed at all. It is so easy to know the nature of web censorship in Turkey…

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