WordPress.com Blocked in Turkey
There’s been quite a discussion going on in my personal blog about the fact that all of WordPress.com has been blocked by Turkey.
Lots of people, including us, are confused and indignant about this wholesale censorship. Last night we received a letter from the person claiming to be responsible for the block, which in the interest of the community I’m going to publish in its entirety here:
>We have applied to you to remove the
>unlawful statements regarding my client
>Mr. Adnan Oktar (who is the author of
>the books written under the pen name
>Harun Yahya) in your blogs. The number
>of our attempts to inform and warn you
>regarding these defamation blogs must
>have been at least twenty, many times
>through your support page, a couple of
>times to your legal department and we
>even sent a regular mail to Mr. Matt
>Mullenweg. Most of our attempts were
>These defamation blogs contained
>slanders to some of my client’s friends
>as well. They also applied WordPress.com
>support with their official ID cards and
>a representative directed them to write
>to the legal department. So they did but
>again no response from legal. 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.
So there you have it.
I’m curious, particularly amoung our Turkish community, what do you think we should do about this? How should we respond?
Good questions. As long as we’re on the topic I might as well plug an idea to solve their China censorship problem while they are considering how to solve their Turkey censorship problem.
It’s unfortunate to hear claims that WordPress.com hasn’t made any real effort to talk to these guys in Turkey, especially given the trouble they claim to have gone through, assuming their claims are true.
My experience with WordPress.com has been that they are pretty responsive, though there was one issue a few months back where I raised a bit of a stink and was pretty much ignored in the aftermath, though I did write to the parties involved. Maybe it’s time for the WordPress.com team (especially their forum
volunteers moderators, who while are quite WordPress literate can be offensive and rude to those they disagree with, “I would think that bloggers were intellegent folks. Guess not.”) to get some professional training in conflict resolution?