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. 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 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.


Liebster Award, thank you Hayley!

Liebster Award

Hayley of the Zoologish blog has been so kind nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Liebster Award. Thank you so much for this kind gesture, and best wishes for your zoological research and blogging!

The rules of the Liebster Award are:

1. Acknowledge the blog which nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
4. Ask them 11 questions.
5. Let them know you have nominated them.

Hayley’s questions, and my answers, are:

1. What was your first job? Processing flower bulbs.

2. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Get a computer.

3. Favourite season and why? All seasons have their good sides. At the moment I’d say spring, because it is spring now and there are swifts 🙂

4. Favourite TV show? David Attenborough’s BBC wildlife programs.

5. When did you first travel alone and where did you go? Texel island.

6. Why did you start a blog? See here.

7. What did you want to be when you were a kid? A paleontologist.

8. Would you rather travel into the future or the past? Probably the future; provided there will not be a nuclear war.

9. Do you have any siblings? Two sisters. One of them alive. The other one died at a young age.

10. Can you cook well? Not very well. But I am still alive 🙂

11. What is the next thing you plan to learn? About migrating birds of Rügen island in Germany. I traveled to that region over a year ago, but then a storm prevented the ship from sailing to Rügen.

My questions are the same as Hayley’s.

My nominees are:

1. Tale Spinning

2. The Recipe Hunter

3. Eva Newermann

4. Discovering Belgium

5. What you blog about

6. Consider Faith: A Blog on Christian Social Justice

7. 2 Cats and a Blog

8. Nature and more !

9. DMQuotes

10. Blind Injustice

11. hithame halawa pigeons

Awesome Blogger Award, thank you Lisa!

Awesome Blogger Award

Lisa of the culturevultureexpress blog has been so generous to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Awesome Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture! It is a new award for me.

Lisa does not mention rules for the award, apart from asking questions. So, presumably, I can nominate as many blogs for the award as I like. And, presumably, naming and linking to the blogger who nominated you. The nominees are under no obligation to accept the award.

Lisa’s questions are (my questions are the same as Lisa’s):

1. What is the latest book you’re reading and are you enjoying it?

Aeneid, by Virgil. I do enjoy it.

2. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Other?

Twitter. Facebook has privacy and other issues.

3. What is your favourite word and why?

Peace. Because all these bloody wars should stop.

4. Dogs or Cats?


5. Is there any song that holds any special meaning to you?

More than one; eg, this one.

6. What do you feel strongly about?

Stopping oppression and exploitation. Stopping destruction of the environment.

7. If you could grant one person in your life one wish, what would it be?

My true love living on for many happy years.

8. What is your favourite film?

This one.

9. What is your favourite book?

Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia.

10. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?

To travel to see birds.

My nominees are:

1. nadiaharhash

2. Sincerely, Tawm

3. Madekesiworld

4. nz

5. Antony Owen Poetry

6. MaBeautility

7. Grupo ajuda alimentos


9. Share Every Things

10. Joëlle Jean-Baptiste – Author

11. An experiment

12. sikwate.org

13. anne frandi-coory

14. Առլեն Շահվերդյան. հեղինակային բլոգ-կայք

15. It Is What It Is

Dear Kitty blog, 2017 overview

Blogging cartoon

First, thanks to everyone who visited this blog in 2017!

2017 is not quite, but almost over.

What blog posts and pages attracted most visits this year?

Top Posts for 365 days ending 2017-12-31 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives More stats 15,197
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London Grenfell Tower tragedy, government blood on its hands More stats 991
Korean sex slaves of Japanese army, first video ever More stats 708
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Anti-Trump demonstration Amsterdam tomorrow, Dam to Museumplein More stats 479
About More stats 470
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Sean O’Casey’s play Juno and the Paycock and Irish history More stats 323
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Which referrers referred most to Dear Kitty. Some blog in 2017?

Referrers for 365 days ending 2017-12-31 (Summarized)

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Search Engines 68,309
WordPress.com Reader 34,855
Facebook 2,138
Twitter 1,193
mail.yahoo.com 1,013
android-app 505
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Reddit 208
grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com 188