Today is Support Turkish Bloggers Day. It’s an initiative being organised by members of the WordPress forums and others who feel strongly about censorship and freedom of speech. If you believe in the rights of bloggers everywhere, please join us!
I’ve written about the reasons behind this before, but I’ll give you a quick recap in case you missed it. Turkey has banned access to the WordPress.com domain, resulting in all WordPress.com blogs being inaccessible to Turkey. It means that Turkish bloggers are being forced into silence and countless others are being denied the freedom to read.
We want to send a message that this action is unacceptable. In support of Turkish bloggers and freedom of speech, we’re asking bloggers and site administrators everywhere to change their avatars and install a support banner on their blogs.
I’m using the Don’t Block the Blog avatar and will also be writing to the Turkish Ambassador to Australia. If you think you can help in any way, it would be greatly appreciated. The important thing is that bloggers everywhere show their solidarity, so please join us!
“Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them – and then, the opportunity to choose.” – C. Wright Mills.