WordPress.com blocked in Turkey

By EDRi · August 29, 2007

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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)

Turkey: wordpress.com ban inspires firestorm of criticism (21.08.2007)

Wordpres Banned in Turkey: A case of throwing the baby with the bath-water
Wordpres Banned in Turkey: A case of throwing the baby with the bath-water

Turkey Update (25.08.2007)

WP block in Turkey: Oktar lawyers issue ‘threat’ (27.08.2007)

EDRI-gram: YouTube blocked for 2 days in Turkey (14.03.2007)