Another Access Block Imposed on Ekşi Sözlük
Freedom of Expression Association (IFÖD) has announced that Ekşi Sözlük, a popular Turkish online platform for discussion and sharing information, has been blocked yet again. This time, the access was blocked before the election.
According to the statement released by IFÖD on social media, access to Ekşi Sözlük, which can now be found at eksisozluk2023.com, was blocked by the decision of Ankara 6th Criminal Court of Peace on May 13, 2023. The court ruled that the platform should be blocked due to the “protection of national security and public order”.
It is worth noting that the Information Technologies and Communication Authority had already blocked access to Ekşi Sözlük on February 21, 2023. Despite the objections raised by the platform, it did not open and instead moved to the new domain name.
The latest block on Ekşi Sözlük has again raised concerns about freedom of expression and censorship in Turkey. Many people use the platform to express their opinions, share information, and participate in discussions about various topics. The block may prevent people from having access to information and hinder their freedom of expression.
This is not the first time that access to Ekşi Sözlük has been blocked in Turkey. The platform has been subject to numerous legal cases and blocks in recent years. Critics argue that such actions restrict the freedom of expression and represent the erosion of basic human rights in Turkey.