Die Buchmesse, auf der sich die Türkei als weltoffenes Gastland präsentierte, ist gerade mal drei Tage vorbei, da erhielt ich folgende Mail von Firat Yildiz, einem der Autoren des wohl bekanntesten türkischen Marketingblogs elmaaltshift (s. auch Blogroll):

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Maybe you follow this adblog or maybe you’ve heard about it. From now on Turkish readers can not access this blog. Only you, the foreign readers could. They first banned WordPress, later YouTube (still closed), then GoogleGroups. And they banned one of my passion, my blog! And hundred of thousands other! Here the law, and please inform your friends and friends‘, in Turkey there is no freedom of speech!

„As of today access to the popular blogging website Blogger.com has been blocked in Turkey with a blocking order of the Diyarbakir First Criminal Court of Peace (dated 20.10.2008 and order no. 2008/2761). The reason for issuing the order ban is unknown but a considerable number of Turkish users are affected including myself who contribute to a popular an anti censorship blogging site

I will provide further information as soon as further information is available. As of 01 October, 2008, 1115 websites are blocked in Turkey under the provisions of Law No. 5651. It is however believed that the blocking order issued by the Diyarbakir court is outside the scope of Law No. 5651. The blocking orders issued under Law No. 5651 are executed by the Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TIB) and they provide an „execution notice“ when that is the case. However, there is no information whatsoever provided on the Blogger pages when accessed from Turkey.
A detailed assessment of the Turkish approaches to Internet content regulation will be provided in an 80 page long report entitled Restricted Access: A Critical Assessment of Internet Content Regulation and Censorship in Turkey written by Dr. Yaman Akdeniz and Dr. Kerem Altiparmak. This bi-lingual (English/Turkish) report will be published during November 2008 and will be made available as a PDF file through cyberlaw.org.uk and cyber-rights.org.tr pages.
[Blog entry by Dr. Yaman Akdeniz]“

So lange in der Türkei keine demokratischen Rahmenbedingungen herrschen, muss man, meiner Meinung nach, nicht über den EU-Beitritt reden! Auch wenn dies bereits viele Leute vor mir sagten, man kann es nicht oft genug wiederholen.

Aber mal ganz nebenbei: Nachdem das ZDF Elke Heidenreich gefeuert hat, bloß weil sie sich wie Reich-Ranicki einmal kritisch über die Programmplanung des öffentlich rechtlichen Senders geäußert hat, werde ich das Gefühl nicht los: Die „Maulkorb-Mentalität“ gibt es offensichtlich auch noch in unserem Staat!