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WordPress Blocked in Turkey

Time to leave Turkey, as the Turkish state forcefully blocked my website robokow.net as well as all other websites using the blogging-services of wordpress.com.

‘Access to this site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/195 of T.C. Fatih 2.Civil Court of First Instance’, is the message that now appears instead of the frontpage of WordPress.

Turkey is famous for restricting public speech. Here it is a crime to insult “Turkishness” and citizens who do so are persecuted according to Article 301. Likely, one blog that is using WordPress was found guilty of this and hence the whole platform has been blocked.

Earlier this year the same happened to You Tube. Only after You Tube removed the particular video, the website was unblocked again. If this is the case I really hope WordPress will not follow the example of YouTube. This Turkish law is very unjust and these type of actions ought not to be tolerated.

I cannot see my own website, though I am still able to post on it through Flickr, the website that hosts my photos.