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26 October 2008

Turks are banned from Blogger!

..unless you're outside of Turkey, as I am. Well. This is nothing short of a complete embarrassment. Talk about insulting Turkishness.. This is a shameful insult to the entire population of Turkey. You will go to jail for expressing a low opinion of a dead guy, but removing the freedom of 80 million people to access Blogger? That's fine and dandy, sweet as candy.. Which century is this? Who elected the officials who are responsible? I hate to say it, but there's a saying that goes around a lot during election season.. something like "You get the government you deserve".. Yes that's a jab at the Turks who elected, or enabled, or made it possible, for the dipshits in Ankara to occupy their positions of power. Get rid of these bad eggs!

11 comments:

Nomad said...

http://www.basbasbas.com/blog/2008/10/24/turkey-bans-blogger/

spread the word to any friends in Turkey.

Serdar Kaya said...

"Who elected the officials who are responsible? I hate to say it, but there's a saying that goes around a lot during election season.. something like "You get the government you deserve".. Yes that's a jab at the Turks who elected, or enabled, or made it possible, for the dipshits in Ankara to occupy their positions of power. Get rid of these bad eggs!"

It's not the government who bans web sites in Turkey. It is the Courts.

And for your information: It is not this administration who passed such laws. Such actions are made possible for the most part by the 1982 Constitution which shapes today's regime.

And finally, the 1982 Constitution was written by the junta that ran the country between the years 1980 and 1983.

nhrider said...

serdar,

I don't pretend to know anything about Turkish politics but aren't the courts appointed by the governement? Can't the Turkish governement amend the constituion? If not, can't the Turks elect people who will work for them?

Of course, our politics are no better.

rokkafellah said...

The answer is yes to your questions, nhrider, but things just don't happen as people would like

nhrider said...

Understood. My thoughts are with the Tirkish people.

Arka Sıra HANEDANI said...

we cant accuse government for this cons.Because this ban is necessary for one illegal site, not the whole blogger.if there is a guilty, this is only blogger, which hadn't banned the illegal blog before....

Serdar Kaya said...

nhrider,

The answers to your questions are all: No.

For example:

The incumbent AKP government tried to even amend the constitution, but the Constitutional Court in Turkey rejected that - even though it was not in its power to do such a thing.

This is how it goes in Turkey, the very institution whose job is to protect the constitution violates it.

There is a very clear phrase in the 1982 Constitution that makes unconstitutional for the Court to reject amendments which have been approved by the Parliament.

Yet they still did it. What happened after they did so? Nothing. Because there is no institution that has any power over the Court. And the Justices who made that decision have the right of tenure until they are 65 years old.

nhrider said...

Thank you all for helping change my ignorance about Turkey.

susanblackmore said...
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susanblackmore said...

I lived in turkey for 10 years btw. 1993-2003, working as a high school teacher in Bursa. I am trying to follow turkish politics from various news sites.

Yes the supreme court did reject one of the changes approved by the parliament, however it should be pointed out that in thesame decision they referred to the very fundamentals of the constitution arguing that the proposed laws would undermine the essence of the republic. You could discuss whether this was the case but I wouldn't agree at all that parliaments should be able to change any aspects of the constitution. It would be hard to swallow the argument that the parliament can do anything, even when they undermine the very fundamentals of turkish democracy.

This fetishism of democracy is nothing new this country neither. By the same token, if you ask our religious right, we should go to american people and ask them whether stem cell research should be banned (i.e. no public money for it which practically means killing it) just because some religious perverts believe that cells have souls. So clear they say, isn't there democracy, if everyone believes that cells have souls and jesus said so, we should ban stem cell research!

This hostility against the supreme court in turkey by the religious fundamentalists reminds me of all the discussion about stem cells, gay marriage in my country and "militant judges against the will of the american people" as GW. Bush put it back in 2001.
Such a pity that in a country where I observed with my own eyes that religiously backed arguments are haunting the young female students, people believe in such demagogy.

Lotus Reads said...

Wow, that is unfortunate indeed! I have always thought of Turkey as a very open country and not given to harsh censorships...banning Turks from blogger is a step backwards for sure. Love your blog, please keep enlightening us.