Turkey took Internet insult very seriously after blasphemous remarking from the President. After the bitter incident happened, Turkey threatened to do offensive attacks against Google, Google owned websites and YouTube, which will result in the ban. It has been reported that Turkey is doing so in response of these websites which has been responsible for tarnishing the image of country’s founder.
Communication minister of Turkey has blamed the giant Internet player of waging an Internet war against Turkey which would not be tolerated as it is against the interest of Turkey’s people. But after issuing the threat, the government had to face inner feud in the country from different public organizations and even from the opposition political parties.
This is an interesting point that when the government is taking these steps in favor of the country, nobody has anything to do with the pride of the country and even the president is not happy with the banning of any Internet site. He spoke out against the ban and expressed his resentment over his Twitter account.
The controversy is proving to be a great setback for the government and especially for Recep Tayyip Erdogan-Turkey’s Prime Minister. He was applauded for implementing democratic reforms in the country but now stands as an accused of reverting to the same place.
A columnist and professor of media studies-Haluk Sahin-compared Prime Minister to Ahmadinejad who banned Internet in Iran. She said that government should immediately put an end to the restrictions imposed on Internet and other Google services. To emphasize her demand, she illustrated Iranian President who had temporally banned on free use of the Internet during the presidential election while a dispute had occurred last summer.
Turkey started banning and restricting in 2007 the access to particular website. These steps were taken as precautions to control cyber crime in the country as an attempt to control child porn, to stop broadcasting of terrorist propaganda and root out illegal gambling. The websites, which were found the guilty of being blasphemous for religious beliefs and indulging in disrespecting Mustafa Kamal Ataturk-Turkey’s founder, were banned or outlawed.
Access to YouTube was banned under the court order and by Turkey’s telecommunications authority, in May 2008. Some Internet users had complained after watching Ataturk being insulted by the YouTube,. In the beginning of this month it was noted that the same Internet Protocol addresses is being used by some of the Google pages and Turkey also banned those websites to prevent users from getting out of the ban. YouTube is the sister company of giant search engine Google Inc.
A bunch of Internet users have waged a campaign signing an online petition which condemns the ban as an insult and infringement on free speech and rights to access information. Campaigners are not only blaming the ban but they are also demanding resignation of communication Minister Binali Yildirim and telecommunications officials.
Three information technology enterprises are going to challenge the ban in courts.