WordPress on Turkish Block
From Matt, at WordPress on why WordPress has been blocked in Turkey. Below is an excerpt from what purports to be – and sounds like – an official government communication.
So we have become obliged to apply to Turkish judicial courts to stop this defamation executed through your services. By the decision of Fatih 2nd Civil Court of First Instance, number 2007/195, access to WordPress.com has been blocked in Turkey.
The organization, which is led by Edip Yuksel, responsible for these defamation blogs in question are currently up for crimes such as “building an organization to commit crime” in Turkey. The sites of Edip Yuksel, http://www.yahyaharun.com, http://www.19.org, http://www.calinmisgenclik.com and also the blog under your site with the user name http://adnanoktar.wordpress.com have been blocked by Turkish judicial courts in Turkey before(by Gaziosmanpasa Civil Court of First Instance, dated 06.04.2007 and decision number 2007/130 D. Is) . We have also sent you the official documents on this judicial decision in one of our applications to you.
Bottom line, it sounds like if a Turkish blogger says something bad about someone in power in Turkey, it is not allowed. Good thing Kuwait has freedom of the press, eh?
To read the entire statement from the Turkish government to WordPress, and their demands, and to join the ensuing discussion on free press, CLICK HERE.