BoingBoing reader Melissa Maples says,
Xeni, we seem to have lost access to any and all WordPress-hosted blogs here in Turkey.
Anytime I try to go to anything.wordpress.com or wordpress.com/anything, I get this message:
"Access to this site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/195 of T.C. Fatih 2.Civil Court of First Instance."
I have no idea what that court decision is about.
I'm a regular contributor to several WordPress-hosted sites, so lost access is an issue. Obviously I have an easy workaround, but my guess is that most casual surfers in Turkey don't really know much about how to use proxies.
If anything, this seems even more disruptive than the YouTube block earlier this year, because it affects our access thousands of blogs worldwide, as well as the WordPress site itself.
Dale Peebles says,
PZ Myers reports with links of a Turkish creationist that was offended by some blogs. He applied to a Turkish court and got all WordPress blogs blocked. A workaround is already available. Link.
Previous posts about internet censorship in Turkey: Link.
Reader comment: Jadi in Iran says:
In Iran many wordpress.com weblogs are also filtered but
the good point is, you can access any wordpress.com weblog
using ssl; that is httpS://*.wordpress.com .
This is why wordpress.com is so popular here.