Tuesday 25 March, 2014 by Uncle Spike
Apart from a few personal viewpoints in my Spike’s Viewpoint category, I have purposely steered away from politics and religion on my blog. Why…, well for the simple reason that I think we have enough of all that out there and to be honest, you don’t need Uncle Spike adding his two peneth to the maelstrom.
So… this is not a political rant, but just a heads up to 99% of my readership which is based outside of Turkey.
If my blog disappears…. yes, that’s the title of my post, but fear not, I have no intention of packing up my keyboard just yet. However there is the likelihood that blogging may become more difficult as our internal political situation worsens.
We have a largely government controlled press anyway, more journalists in jail than any other country (incl China), have had YouTube, Vimeo and blogging sites all banned before now, have over 30,000 blocked websites and now we have a total Twitter shutdown (ban) in place – neatly coinciding with local elections as Twitter contained leaked media alleging wide-scale corruption to add to the other ills we suffer here – surely not! 🙂 The government have also just banned Google DNS, a world’s first, as they vow to ‘wipe out’ Twitter, along with threats aimed at other Social Media.
I won’t go into all the background to this, nor try to explain what is happening here – you can read plenty about the goings on of the past few years on Reuters, BBC, Huffington Post, NY Times, CNN etc if you search about our country.
I will endeavour to blog on, but if my posts suddenly dry up, you’ll know why – but I will find a way to get back online, somehow; just to annoy you all with news of our good weather…
Be happy, be free…