I can’t vouch for the information as I don’t live in Turkey, but I’ve just found out that Turkey has blocked Google.com Google Groups from internet access for it’s citizens. See:
Turkey & My Foreign Perspectives with Bea Vanni: Goodbye Google Alert: Hello More Bans for Turkey
While my Turkey blog is less frequent these days, I still track the latest and this one deserves attention. Now Google sites are banned in Turkey; this time the lawsuit hails from Denizli, home of a dear friend of mine.
The International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) reports that the Second Criminal Court of Peace in Denizli on June 24th banned Google and did not give a reason to add to the lame excuses of bans across Turkish Courts. When will Turkey learn that they cannot patrol the internet to any advantage of their state?
Now this is quite serious – and weird. Turkey, after all, contains NATO/US rocket bases and even wishes to join the EU. Peace, friendship, allying and self-protection are all wonderful things. But for most of them, we need some form of common value system.
See this link for extra confirmation of the ban. It also means that while people may write fondly of their Turkish holiday experiences, if they now pop into an internet cafe, their Google and YouTube queries or postings will draw a blank.
This is one measure of freedom in my book and puts a big question mark over Turkey’s status.
BTW, there’s even a Google Treasure Chest connection here, because Turkey controls the northern part of Nicosia, Cyprus, which contains some of the addresses used in the GTC scam.