On Friday, June 4, 2010, a website called National Turk reported this depressing news:
The Telecommunication and communication Ministry (TIB), a government body that can control Internet accessibility in Turkey are attempting to block certain IP’s (Internet Protocol Addresses) belonging to Google due to “legal reason”.
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While Google itself doesn't seem to be banned, certain related Google services have been effectively blocked. Here is a list:
Google services which are operating slowly or being banned by TIB
TODAY'S ZAMAN has a little information for the justification of the banning. It is one that has been used time and time again to close websites in Turkey. The insulting of Ataturk, founder of the Turkish, whose vision of making Turkey a modern, secular and progressive nation is honored by the The Atatürkist Thought Association (ADD). Paradoxically, it appears it was this organization that applied to the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office to ban Google Sites, saying several pages affiliated with the famous search engine insult Atatürk and the concept of Turkishness. http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=172297