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by Mike Masnick


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Perhaps Turkey Should Just Ban The Entire Internet

from the adding-another-one dept

It would appear that the Turkish government and courts are a bit trigger happy when it comes to flat-out banning websites for almost no reason at all. In the past, we've reported on Turkish bans on YouTube, Slide, Wordpress.com and Google Groups. Now, via Slashdot, we see that a Turkish court has banned all of Google's Blogger service including all of the blogs hosted at blogspot.com. Unlike the bans of the other sites, which happened after people who were offended by content found on each complained, it appears that the Blogger ban was due to a Turkish TV service, Digiturk, which was upset that some Blogger users were posting links to unauthorized streams of Turkish football matches.

Yes, you read that correctly. Because a few bloggers had linked to (not even hosted) some unauthorized streams of a sporting event, Digiturk was able to ban all of Blogger. At this point, you have to wonder why Turkey allows the internet at all.

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  • identicon
    Joe Duck, 27 Oct 2008 @ 11:47am

    Turky Ban Blogger Blogs

    Is it just a coincidence that they named the country "Turkey"?

    I think NOT!

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 27 Oct 2008 @ 11:50am

      Re: Turky Ban Blogger Blogs

      ROFL

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      Potato Head, 27 Oct 2008 @ 12:00pm

      Re: Turky Ban Blogger Blogs

      Ah ha! Beat me to it! I had just read the headline on my igoogle page and was already thinking "Well what do expect from a Turkey!" hilarious!

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 27 Oct 2008 @ 1:01pm

      Re: Turky Ban Blogger Blogs

      Turkey could have been national bird of US&A you moron!
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Turkey#Turkey_as_U.S._national_bird

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        Potato Head, 27 Oct 2008 @ 1:28pm

        Re: Re: Turky Ban Blogger Blogs

        It could have. Until the realized what a dumb idea it was. What a maroon.Who gives a shit about could have beens.

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    • identicon
      Gokhan The Lightning, 28 Oct 2008 @ 2:28am

      Re: Turky Ban Blogger Blogs

      Is it just a coincidence that they named YOU "DUCK"?

      I think NOT!

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      ATiM, 10 Jun 2010 @ 8:45am

      Re: Turky Ban Blogger Blogs

      This country's name or its history doesn't have any relation with "Turkey" animal. This countrys local name Turkiye and International name should be Turkiye or Turkei. But centuries ago some of your smartass people started to call our country as Turkey and came that way today. Whatever you call, It's not make our country related to any animal. What you think if entire world know your country as porky or ostrich while there is no reason? Our only historic and mythic animal is grey wolf by the way.

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  • identicon
    eleete, 27 Oct 2008 @ 11:53am

    Flamingo

    Should have been called Flamingo, as they shove their heads in the sand. That was funny though. Good one.

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      Yakko Warner, 27 Oct 2008 @ 12:28pm

      Re: Flamingo

      Er, did you mean "Ostrich"? Those are the birds that bury their heads in the sand.

      Flamingos are notable for standing on one leg. As opposed to the Turkish government, which doesn't have a leg to stand on. *ba-dum, bum*

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 27 Oct 2008 @ 2:44pm

      Re: Flamingo

      I think those are ostriches that do that.

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      Yakumo, 29 Oct 2008 @ 11:05am

      Re: Flamingo

      Yes, because of course it's the flamingo that is world famous for standing with its head in the sand so common around it's natural habitat, not the ostrich at all.

      (facepalm)

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  • identicon
    charlie potatoes, 27 Oct 2008 @ 12:04pm

    Turkey?

    So.. If Russia should attack Turkey from the rear, do you think Greece would help?

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Oct 2008 @ 12:04pm

    Censor fail

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Oct 2008 @ 12:16pm

    I have been there many times. GREAT country, but a tad backwards in the Borat way. I can understand how this would happen there. LOTS of government paperwork and lines, little understanding about thinks not Turkish...

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Oct 2008 @ 12:29pm

    All else aside, "Digiturk" is the greatest name for any company ever, period.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 27 Oct 2008 @ 12:48pm

    SO WHAT!

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    Chunky Vomit, 27 Oct 2008 @ 12:54pm

    It is almost Thanksgiving. Is there any reason why we don't just fry up all the Turks this coming season?

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Oct 2008 @ 11:30am

      Re:

      I agree with the shittiness of banning everything but what the fuck are you talking about you fucking racist bastard?

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    BushRanger, 27 Oct 2008 @ 1:04pm

    People in glass houses...

    Two words: Patriot Act.

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  • identicon
    Keyser Soze, 27 Oct 2008 @ 1:29pm

    Digiturk are just safeguarding their investment, i.e. the rights to show the national football league matches exclusively to paying cable subscribers. At the same time the US is also prosecuting people for file sharing, thereby safeguarding the commercial interests of recoriding artists, software houses and the studios. So shut it you blinkered muppets.

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  • identicon
    Commodity Trading Accounts, 27 Oct 2008 @ 1:33pm

    Awesome!!!

    China looks more democratic right now.

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    UniKyrn, 27 Oct 2008 @ 1:46pm

    Actually, given the number of compromised systems inside Turkey Telekom, a better question is; Why Does the Internet allow Turkey at all?

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    NeedYouGuys, 27 Oct 2008 @ 4:57pm

    hey I live in turkey??

    Hey hey.. I am living in Turkey, people help us! is there any way to ban this goverment? Or laws? From our lifes..

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      46, 28 Oct 2008 @ 1:46am

      Re: hey I live in turkey??

      Keep the laws. Laws are good (when enforced transparently), they protect us (the weak) from the rich and the great.
      There is a way to change government, called election, it's far from being perfect, but it is a start.

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  • identicon
    Fatih Ozel, 27 Oct 2008 @ 5:20pm

    From Turkey

    I live in Turkey and i'm ashamed of this and the previous bans.
    These bans are because of the present government.

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    Rola, 27 Oct 2008 @ 6:19pm

    Just f'ing ridicilous, fit for a country that is content on raping itself.

    Turkish citizen here btw, unfortunately

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    osurgan otu, 27 Oct 2008 @ 7:01pm

    Ha Ha

    Too funny, I was about to self-criticize our country here but there go some clueless people making elementary-grade jokes again. So I guess it would be wasted on this kind of audience.

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      me too, 28 Oct 2008 @ 5:02am

      Re: Ha Ha

      i couldnt agree more...what a damn minded could say such things to a hole country...you should look around people and see the real turkeys...happy thanksgivings...

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 27 Oct 2008 @ 7:03pm

    They've just banned Google Videos.
    I hate living in this country. It's like watching a black comedy , if not actually living in it.

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  • identicon
    zozocalypso, 27 Oct 2008 @ 11:22pm

    Is there an online Petition set up yet?

    I would certainly sign it! Having visited Turkey as a traveller, it's a stunning country with a population of mostly liberal minded people. This wholesale censorship should not be tolerated, no matter where it is.

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  • identicon
    Sevki, 28 Oct 2008 @ 1:39am

    uhh...

    Our stupid goverment...

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  • identicon
    sdf, 28 Oct 2008 @ 8:18am

    %47 of turkish citizens are officially morons. what you expect?

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    talanas, 29 Oct 2008 @ 7:18am

    to the retards (you know yourself)

    For god's sake,

    Age=10? I think so!

    We, as people living in this country are quite troubled about these acts of cencoring and we keep connecting to these sites via other methods and proxy sites.

    Dont forget to breathe between all these laughing will you? Or wait, you may also just die!

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  • identicon
    tolga, 31 Oct 2008 @ 1:46pm

    heuheuhee

    HEPİNİZİN anasini sikeyim :d

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    Fried Turkey, 24 Dec 2008 @ 3:26am

    Turkish People the most dumb,unethical,NO God, selfish, name it

    Ive been working with turkish people, there are so many manners and characters you will never gonna like with these people..They are weird and arrogant..They claim that they are part of Europe yet Europe never even claim nor want them to be part of Europe..Second, They are muslims yet they never practice muslim culture..look at the way they dress and how they treat women.they love sex, and most of there men are gays why? because they want relationship with guys..Third,They are fucking arrogant, they think of themselves as like White people..yet they are the dumbest people i have ever known..They are not organize, they are not intelligent..they just have a very strong confidence level..they are unethical..not hospitable, they are anti American. anti Israel..any bad ass attitude are traits of Turkish people..

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2010 @ 12:15am

    MAYBE TURKY SHOULD BE BLOWN OFF THE MAP ITS A SHT HOLE ANY WAY

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