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22 August 2007

Wordpress blogs banned in Turkey

Turkey bans Wordpress blogs after alleged libel of Islamic writer

Aug 20, 2007, 16:05 GMT

Ankara - Turkish Internet users have been blocked from accessing sites on the Wordpress.com hosting service after a court in Istanbul ordered the site be blocked after lawyers complained that a number of blogs hosted by Wordpress were libellous of Islamic creationist author Adnan Oktar.

Turkish Internet users attempting to access more than a million Wordpress.com sites are now redirected to a site which says in Turkish and English, 'Access to this site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/195 of T.C. Fatih 2.Civil Court of First Instance.'

Kerim Kalkan, a lawyer for Oktar said that the court first ordered Turk Telecom to block a couple of specific sites but the authors of the sites soon moved the allegedly libelous content to other Wordpress sites.

'It was when this happened that we applied to the court to order that all websites of Wordpress be blocked,' Kalkan told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

Kalkan said the court first ordered that Wordpress be blocked on August 13 and that Turk Telecom implemented the order on August 17. '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,' Kalkan said.

The Wordpress website has posted a number of e-mails and letters from Oktar's lawyers, asking for the various sites to be taken down
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Michael Chossudovsky Global Research

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