Wordpress censored in TurkeyLike ten days ago, I learnt that one of the leading free-blogging services WordPress.com was blocked in Turkey. Censoring certain sites in Turkey is not something new: On March 7 2007, in a court case, Turk Telekom (leading DSL provider – well, the monopoly of internet in Turkey) had to ban youtube.com with the pretext that the site included videos disrespectful to Ataturk – the founder of Turkish Republic. The ban was removed two days later (probably due to all that press/online publishing pressure).

As for the wordpress.com ban, after a few days the ban was lifted. [You can read details of this and comments to it here] However, when I wanted to check wordpress.com again, I saw it is still inaccessable. When it was first banned and it was lifted after, we learnt that the ban was again DNS based (meaning you can avoid it by using non-Turk Telekom DNS’s but the average user won’t know these) and it was a mistake: they wanted to ban thesubdomaintobebanned.wordpress.com but they instead banned the whole site.

Now, I see the ban is still in its place and also a Turkish lawyer (or whatever) sent a letter to WordPress staff.

Well, this is crap!


This post has 6 comments.

  1. alper
    29 Sep 07
    13:22

    There are some interesting information about internet censorship around the world on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship

    Be sure to check the links at the bottom to see detailed information.

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  5. tath
    17 May 09
    19:14

    è una grande porcata. La Turchia è 40 anni indietro e resterà indietro per sempre, la mentalità non andrai mai avanti di un tot, troppa gente ignorante.

  6. alan gorrell
    08 May 11
    17:08

    I have spent time in Turkey over a number of years. I first worked for a tour company back in 1987 in Kussadasi. Things have changed over the years but not that much, the people who have the money have the freedom. Those at the bottom still find it difficult and have a hard time.