Censorship Bypassed

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Well, I started to do my blogging yesterday afternoon and realized that I couldn’t get to my WordPress site to post blogs. I did some research online and found out that a high court in Turkey ruled that WordPress should be blocked because Odnan Aktar had some negative information posted about him on a WordPress website. Here is some info from a website I found about the situation:

Turkey blocked the access to all the blogs hosted at wordpress.com on 17 August 2007, after a Turkish court decided on this action by agreing with a law firm hired by Adnan Oktar, that claimed that several blogs on the wordpress platform were publishing allegedly defamatory and “unlawful” statements about their client.

Since 17 August 2007, over a million WordPress hosted blogs could have not been accessible in Turkey, and a standard message has been displayed instead: “Access to this site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/195 of T.C.Fatih 2.Civil Court of First Instance “.

Adnan Oktar’s lawyers claimed that they had tried to contact wordpress.com several times in order to remove the alleged unlawful statements, but there had been no reply, so they had been forced to go to court and ask for a decision to block all the websites hosted at that address. They are accusing Edip Yuksel, a Turkish writer and rival of their client, of using WordPress-hosted blogs to publish “slander” about Adnan Oktar.

Apparently the court ordered the main ISP Turk Telecom to block a few specific blogs, but when the new sites moved the content to other blogs hosted at WordPress,” we applied to the court to order that all websites of WordPress be blocked,” said one of the lawyers. He also claimed that “We have also sent messages to other blog hosting sites and if the libellous content moves to them we will again apply to the courts to have those blocked also.”

WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg published on his blog the letters received from Adnan Oktar’s lawyers with their allegations. He also commented that, “when they said they contacted us 17 times, that means that they would blast the same email to multiple address and when they didn’t get the reply they wanted they sent the same message over and over again” and pointed out that “we never received any notice from Turkish courts”.

He ended by saying : “So if you don’t disallow certain words being used on your blogs, you’ll be punitively punished through our state-controlled ISP. Today those words are ‘Adnan Oktar’. Who knows what they’ll be tomorrow.”

Turkey also blocked the entire Youtube website for 2 days in March 2007 by a court order, after some videos insulting Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had been uploaded on its servers.

Why We’re Blocked in Turkey: Adnan Oktar (19.08.2007) http://wordpress.com/blog/2007/08/19/why-were-blocked-in-turkey/

How does this happen in 2015? I’m not sure I understand how this happens, but this is what you find when you travel the world and try to stay connected. Thank you to the people that responded to my FaceBook post about my dilemma, now I’m connecting through a VPN that I purchased for the next 30 days.

To a life well lived!

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