Friday, 31 October 2008

Adnan Oktar and Turkey's internet censorship

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Here's a good piece I've just been sent by our friend Padraig at Index on Censorship, which sheds a bit more light on the issue of internet censorship in Turkey.

Of course you all know of this problem through Atlas of Creation author Adnan Oktar's successful move to have Richard Dawkins' site banned in Turkey. Laws intended to censor obscene content have given the Turkish state wide-ranging powers to block web content, and Oktar and his lawyers have taken full advantage of this. But it's not just Oktar moving to have websites blocked, and the current laws pose a huge threat to freedom of expression in Turkey. As one expert quoted by Index says, "It’s like having a huge library and finding an error on a page in one book and closing down the entire library."

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