04 March 2015

Turkish court 'blocks access to country's first official atheist website'

Turkey has reportedly blocked a website belonging to the country’s first official atheist association, according to local reports.

The Gölbaşı 2nd Civil Court of Peace in Ankara moved to block access to a site belonging to the Atheism Association, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

A ruling effective as of 4 March prevented Turkish users from accessing the website without tools to bypass the blockings, according to the paper. The ruling citied legislation in the Turkish Penal law which forbids “provoking the people for hate and enmity or degrading them”.

AFP reports that the website was deemed an “insult to religious values” in the ruling. [The Independent] Read more