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Turkey Blocking More Than 3,000 Websites

Watchdog group calls on Turkey to reform Internet law

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The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a human rights watchdog, called on Turkey today to reform or abolish its restrictive Internet policy.

"At present, 3,700 Internet sites are blocked in Turkey, including YouTube, GeoCities, and Google sites," said Miklos Haraszti, an OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media.
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"Even as some of the content that is deemed ‘bad’, such as child pornography, must be sanctioned, the law is unfit to achieve this. Instead, by blocking access to entire websites from Turkey, it paralyzes access to numerous modern file sharing or social networks."

In a report Haraszti presented at Bilgi University in Istanbul, Ankara State University and at the International Law Congress of the Ankara Bar Association, he noted that, while in Turkey, he was unable to access even the OSCE’s YouTube website.

"Blocking access inside of Turkey is an affront to the public’s right to the entirety of the Internet, said Haraszti. "Numerous Criminal Code provisions are applied against media workers, and as a result, journalists risk imprisonment for carrying out their work."

"Therefore ‘reform or abolish’ the Internet Law is our main recommendation. I hope that the Turkish authorities will soon remove the blocking provisions that prevent Turkish citizens from being part of today’s global information society."

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  • http://www.altinkumpropertyshop.com Altinkum

    For ages you tube has been blocked in Turkey and then I suddenly thought the block had been uplifted as I could get into it and even upload videos.

    I asked my friend who also lived in turkey to watch the videos and she said she couldn’t as the website was blocked.

    I really can not figure out why i do not get the banned notice when we both live in turkey.

  • http://mavigozler.awardspace.info/ mavigozler

    First of all, the blockage of YouTube.com is at the name service level. All one has to do is change their DNS Server IP address #1 and #2 values to something like OpenDNS (208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220) and you can watch YouTube. Do not set the DNS servers to be given by DHCP if you are inside Turkey and your one and only ISP is TT-Net.

    The Google sites block is at the IP level, so the only way around that is to buy a VPN whose end point is located outside of Turkey. Of course the next step will be for TT-Net to block either port service for all standard VPN or to block known VPN services.

    As for the censorship, unfortunately Turkey is practicing the silly principle that all of its citizens are entitled to learn only what the most narrow of intellects wants to learn, and has access to only what the most childish of minds should or want to have access to. Unfortunately that seems to be the narrow and childish mind of a Turkish court judge right now.

    The worrisome thing right now would be the slide into a fascist dictatorship, which many of my friends are saying is closer than I believe it is.