Monday, October 27, 2008

Blogspot, Blocked in Turkey

From the Turkish Daily News:
Following the censorship of YouTube, now the widely used site has been shut down, reported daily Radikal yesterday. The censorship decision was made by the Diyarbakır Penal Court on Oct. 20. Together with, the site's extension is also not going to be reachable by users in Turkey. Thousands of people who use the site reacted strongly to the news of the ban. “Instead of celebrating the birthday of the site, now we are going to have to ask each other what other ways we can find to enter the site?” wrote one blog user. “What crime did my blog commit? What crime did sister Nalan's blog commit, who writes her food recipes?” wrote another user ironically. “What is the crime of food recipes? Do they also have a destructive effect?” Blog sites, which are used all over the world by millions of people, have played a significant role on the personalization of the Internet. Thousands of people in Turkey are using the site to publish their own voice on the Internet.
Blogspot joins other websites banned by various Turkish courts.

Click here for coverage in TDZ. See June 19 post. So far, people can still easily navigate their way around banned sites like YouTube by using proxy servers.

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