Evolutionist Dawkins’ Internet Site Banned In Turkey
Turkish court has banned the access to world famous evolutionist Prof. Richard Dawkins’ internet site upon complaint by creationist Adnan Oktar on the grounds that the site contained insulting remarks about Oktar’s book “Atlas of Creation”.
İstanbul - BÄ°A News Center
17 September 2008, Wednesday 23:10
Istanbul’s Şişli 2nd Criminal Court of Peace
has banned world famous evolutionist Prof. Richard Dawkins’ internet site
(richarddawkins.net) in Turkey
on the grounds that Adnan Oktar’s personality was violated by this site.
The court reached the
decision to ban the site on September 3. The site was accused of containing
insults against Oktar’s (known as Harun Yahya too) book titled “Atlas of
The only explanation given
to the viewer is “Shut down by court order”
The internet users who try
to reach the site come across a statement saying that ‘The access to the site
has been banned by court order’; no explanations about why, when and by which
court order the site has been banned are given. Oktar had managed to shut down
the Google Groups in Turkey
before as well.
According to Yasemin Arpa
from NTV, Oktar filed a lawsuit for the damages of mental anguish against
Oxford professor biologist and thinker Richard Dawkins in the amount of 8000 YTL (about
4000 Euro). Dawkins' book The God Delusion is a best-seller in Turkey.
Youtube, kliptube and
geocities are still banned in Turkey
In addition to Dawkin’s
site, video sharing sites Youtube, kliptube and geocities are still banned in Turkey. In Turkey,
internet sites are banned if their content is deemed harmful to children,
encourage use of drugs, gambling, prostitution, dangerous elements for health,
pornography, suicide and contain insults against Atatürk, founder of Turkey.
For example, Youtube has
been banned for four months now for containing videos insulting to the memory of
In the case of the Kurdish
media none of these charges matter
On the other hand, there
are some internet sites that are banned for supporting the Kurdish cause or
simply being pro-Kurdish. For example, the internet sites of the newspapers
Yeni Özgür Politika (yeniozgurpolitika.org) and Özgür Gündem (ozgurgundem.org),
Fırat News Agency (ANF) (firatnews.com), and rojaciwan. These sites were
charged with doing propaganda work for the Kurdish Workers party (PKK). (EÖ/EÜ/TB)