Thursday, December 02, 2010

Access To Custom Domain Published Blogs In Turkey Blocked By Mandate Of Turkish Government

This week, we have multiple reports, in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, from blog owners of custom domain published blogs, of inability to access their blogs inside Turkey.
I can't enter my blog from Turkey. But my friends who outside Turkey, they can visit my blog. What's the problem?
and similar reports are being seen.

This problem is claimed, by some Turkish residents, to be mandated by the Turkish government, and to involve an IP ban of the specific Google custom domain hosting servers.

We now have a rollup discussion, where this issue is being explored.

One Turkish resident in the rollup discussion provides two interesting sources. First, a direct quote from a Turkish journal
Turkey’s laws on Internet censorship has been debated may times as an entire website can be banned by the content on a single page.

Many Internet users had tackled the ban of YouTube by changing their DNS numbers or by using software that cracks the inaccessibility, but journalists and freedom of speech supporters are urging people to protest the ban’s rather than finding alternative ways to access banned sites.
and second, a reference to a cited TechCrunch article
which in my opinion has something to do with all this fuss between Google and Turkish government.


(Update 2010/12/07): We are now seeing claims that the problem is related to Blogger blogs that contain material said to infringe upon the rights of Turkish media giant Digiturk, a subscription based digital TV platform that owns the rights to the live broadcasting of Turkish football league games. Some Turkish citizens are in disagreement with this action.

If you are located in or near Turkey, and you are experiencing any difficulty accessing any Blogger or Google services, please provide details, in the rollup discussion.
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