Turkish regime scared, censors Dear Kitty blog

This Canadian TV video says about itself:

New censorship law in Turkey takes restrictions further

3 April 2018

A new censorship law in Turkey takes current restrictions even further and tightens the government’s control on what people can and can’t see online. Platforms like Netflix and YouTube could all be affected — the internet as Turkey knows it is becoming the next battleground for freedom of expression in a country where it’s already very limited.

Welcome to The National, the flagship nightly newscast of CBC News.

Today, I heard that the Turkish Erdogan regime is censoring Dear Kitty. Some blog. This is sad news for the Turkish readers of my blog. I hope they will find ways to circumvent this government censorship. I have discussed not only human rights with them, but also, eg, William Shakespeare’s King Lear play and visual arts.

In a way, this is good news as well. It shows that the dictatorship in Turkey feels scared and insecure. Else, they would not ban a little weblog without Big Business or Big Government support. This ban is a portent that Erdogan’s regime will not last forever.

Most corporate media depict Internet censorship as something which is mainly or exclusively a problem with, eg, China or Russia; economic and political rivals of the NATO military alliance’s governments.

However, my blog has never had any censorship problems with Russia. Even though the Putin government will probably not like my blog posts on Pussy Riot oppositionists or on Greenpeace actions against Arctic (including Russian Arctic) oil drilling.

Dear Kitty. Some blog shows up in the search results of Chinese search engine Baidu. I was in China earlier this year for ten days. Because of birds, not of politics. While I was in China, I could not only read, but also write my blog posts. Also before and after that stay I am not aware of any censorship of my blog affecting my Chinese (or my Russian) readers.

The NATO countries’ establishment usually do not depict the Turkish regime as a foe, like they depict Russia or China. They depict this important member of the NATO miltary alliance as part of the ‘free world’. If the Erdogan dictatorship wages bloody aggressive war in Syria, then they get support from NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg. And billionaire-owned Facebook silences voices critical of the bloody Turkish invasion of northern Syria; like it silences other not pro-Erdogan voices. If the Erdogan government invades Iraq, then they get no objections from NATO. If they massively kill their own people in Cizre or other cities, then the establishment of the ‘free world’ is as silent as the graves of the civilian victims of that. Though Turkey has far less inhabitants than Russia or China, the number of jailed journalists in Turkey is the highest in the world. However, eg, the German government sometimes helps their Turkish NATO colleagues against journalists. Likewise with oppression of LGBTQ people in Turkey. Likewise with oppression of women in Turkey. Etc. All of them subjects mentioned at Dear Kitty. Some blog. Information for which we now pay the price of being censored.

Today, I received this email:

Knox (Automattic)

Jul 17, 13:29 UTC


A Turkish authority has issued an order to block your WordPress.com site: https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/

Unfortunately, we must comply to keep WordPress.com accessible for everyone in Turkey. We will not be challenging this order in court, but if you wish to discuss what the legal avenues of appeal may be, please get in touch as soon as possible. There is usually a very short period of time in which objections can be lodged. We may be able to remove the block in certain circumstances if you decide to completely remove the content at issue, though we would not want to encourage doing so in cases of political censorship. Again, please reply back to this e-mail to discuss the possible options.

As a result of this order, your site is now inaccessible for Internet visitors originating from Turkey. They will instead see a message explaining why the content was blocked.

Visitors from outside of Turkey are not affected.

You and your readers may be interested in these suggestions on bypassing Internet restrictions:

For your reference, we have attached a copy of the complaint. No reply is necessary, but please let us know if you have any questions.

Knox | Community Guardian | WordPress.com

Istanbul 6th Criminal Judgeship of Peace 2018-3996 Misc.pdf

The attachment shows that Turkish authorities, along with Dear Kitty. Some blog, have banned many other Internet sites; including many WordPress blogs. Like they have banned https://thefreeonline.wordpress.com/, a blog which I know well. They especially hate my blog post on the Erdogan regime bombing opponents of ISIS in Iraq.

Please, all you bloggers reading this who are not censored in Turkey (yet): reblog this blog post and the information in it.

Turkish government censors social media posts for mentioning weak state of Turkish currency: here.

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  14. Turkey blocks 317 websites and Twitter accounts

    A court in Ankara has blocked access to 317 websites and Twitter accounts. Also affected is the Hamburg left-wing parliamentary executive Cansu Özdemir.

    By a decision of January 22, a court in Ankara has blocked access to 317 websites and Twitter accounts in Turkey. The ban affects several pages of the ANF (Fırat News Agency), the blog of Kurdish journalist Amed Dicle, the daily newspaper Yeni Özgür Politika published in Frankfurt, as well as various left and Kurdish publications.

    A politician from Hamburg is also a target for the Turkish state: Cansu Özdemir, the co-chair of the DIE LINKE parliamentary group in the Hamburg Parliament.

    The left-wing politician told ANF: “The ban shows once again how Erdoğan’s long arm reaches Europe. The purpose is to prevent the criticism of the enormous human rights violations in Turkey and the opposition here in Europe from reaching the opposition in Turkey.

    That my account was most likely blocked on grounds of ‘terrorist propaganda’ is another attempt to silence me. Even before, there were intimidation attempts by the agents of the Turkish intelligence service MIT, Mehmet Fatih S. and Mustafa K. I will continue to position myself as a German MP and Kurdish woman against Erdoğan’s dictatorship and remain committed for my unlawfully imprisoned colleagues.”

    Source: ANF HAMBURG 18-02-2019

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