Cutting through the bullshit.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Turkishness in peril

I had a message from Korova at the Mask of Anarchy asking me to put up the video about David Hicks. I had a hell of a time getting the code to work, and then it stopped altogether, so guess why!

A Turkish court ordered access to YouTube's website blocked Wednesday, after a prosecutor recommended the ban because of videos allegedly insulting the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Thankfully the Mask and 10% came up with a work around.

Visitors to the YouTube site from Turkey were greeted with the message: "Access to this site has been blocked by a court decision!..."

A message in both Turkish and English at the bottom of the page said, "Access to site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/384 dated 06.03.2007 of Istanbul First Criminal Peace Court."

That’s not the message I get. Mine just says, ‘Loading…’, but never loads. Curiously, I did get into the YouTube site this morning and the ‘Thong count’ video played. That was sure worthwhile.

Insulting Ataturk or "Turkishness" is a crime in Turkey punishable by prison.

So don’t ask!

1 comment:

  1. Ataturk is an idol of Turkey to this day.