Turkey Keeping the Lid on Internet Access

Published Saturday, July 03, 2010 - Online-Casinos.com

The recent history of Turkish Citizens and their inability to access the internet grows steadily worse especially for potential online gamblers. Aimed at specifically regulating the internet,  a law was passed in 2007 that blocked any site that offered 'suspicious criminal activity', notably all online gambling sites in Turkey.
It is estimated that there are somewhere around 4,000 websites that are blocked in Turkey, making its internet censorship among the strongest in the world.
For almost a month now, Turkish internet users have found out that other important services are blocked, including those typically found for Google, such as Google Maps and Google Analytics. No warning has been offered or reasoning provided, they just simply stopped working.
What government organization is responsible for this type of decision? It is worth pointing out that to date, it is a mystery. According to the Turkish Hurrivet Daily news a Turkish court can ban a complete website merely because of a single piece of content while other sites like YouTube are banned by several court decisions.
Top government officials such as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan openly admitting that there are ways around the blocks. In fact he even encouraged, at one point, that Turkish internet users can do the same. Wherever the blocks to Google sites are coming from there appears to be no solution or end to further internet censorship.
While some Turkish journalists have been protesting against the blocking of YouTube and other sites, some Turkish citizens have argued that they should be allowed to make their own decisions when it comes to internet surfing. They don’t like having a lack of information forced upon them.
While many business owners are joining the fight to get Google services back it is not likely that sites offering internet gambling in Turkey will be removed from the blacklist any time soon.

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