You’ll know from some of my posts that I recently visited Istanbul for the first time and fell in love with the place. The thing I loved the most was the way it embraced variety, with old and new, east and west, happily jostling along together, free to show their differences.
Yet teh story is not as simple as that; Twitter was banned in Turkey on March 20, 2014. Presumably the government felt that liberty was too dangerous! Some have been able to circumvent the ban, and an Ankara court has ruled that the ban should be removed. The Turkish telecomms regulator has 30 days to appeal this ruling.
“Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road.”
For an interesting local view on this ban check out Aylin Alpustun’s post.