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Dear Mr Ambassador

  1. Here is my draft of the letter I am sending to the Turkish Ambassador in London. Please feel free to copy or edit it and use it yourselves as appropriate.

    Dear Mr Ambassador,

    I am writing to you to express very grave concern on behalf of myself and other people from many countries concerning the actions of the courts of Turkey in a recent court case which has in breach of Vienna Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms to which inter alia the Turkish state is a signatory; led to millions of Turkish citizens being denied proper access to parts of the world wide web scheme of the internet, and in particular to the domain of wordpress dot com (WordPress). I am furthermore requesting that you use the powers and influence of your office to persuade your Government to reverse on this issue at the earliest opportunity.

    According to attornies who purport to be acting for the plaintiffs in this matter - one Mr Adnan Oktar who writes under the "pen name" Harun Yahya - access to WordPress was blocked pursuant to an order by the Turkish court made in case by the decision of Fatih 2nd Civil Court of First Instance, number 2007/195,

    What the domain in fact comprises are individual web sites of currently in excess of 1.3 million users and rising fast. The actions of the court in denying any access to the WordPress domain are clearly a crude effort to force WordPress to comply with what is no more than an edict from a court which has no jurisdiction over a company which operates exclusively in the United States. Furthermore such action is clearly unnececessary and disproportionate. Many users are highly educated, highly motivated, and are prone to political action and protest. They come of course from almost every nation and represent many faiths, cultures, and political systems.

    Not withstanding the confused and disjointed communications from the plaintiffs attorneys - what is patently clear is that WordPress or Automattic the owner, nor any individuals therein were actually parties to the application made by the plaintiff in the Turkish courts. The actions of those attornies therefore in forwarding the preemptory demands (and threats) to WordPress therefore were misjudged in the extreme, and it is scarcely surprising that those demands have met thus far with a risible response.

    Furthermore it is plainly the case that the plaintiff himself is far from an ideal character to be holding this particular banner.

    Subsequent to the fiat of the court in the instant case the access to WordPress dot com was in fact blocked - as I understand it still is. Of course this action is relatively simple to order and police in Turkey as the Turkish Telecom are in fact not only a monopoly, but are owned and controlled by the Government who are themselves - de facto - a military state. And in these circumstances there is obviously no need for us to pretend - even diplomatically - that the Turkish courts are in any way independent of the regime. The actions of such a court in seeking to dictate what information millions of third parties should either be free to publish or free to access is an affront to the common values of the western democracies including the United States, the English speaking nations, and The European Union member states and others.

    Bearing in mind the application by the Turkish state for accession to the European Community which is still under review, noting the astonishing capacity for the world wide web scheme of the internet to generate adverse publicity, cognisant of the rights accorded to the free access to communications systems accorded by the Vienna Convention, and reminded of the wisdom and compassion - May God be with you - of the Turkish authorities, this might be an opportune moment for the Turkish authorities to urgently review the arrangements extant with a view to moving expeditiously to a more comprehensive and inclusive settlement.

    Yours faithfully


  2. BTW, print it out and snail mail it. The embassy email addresses tend not to work.

  3. Also, snail mail is taken much more seriously than e-mail.

  4. Does it sound OK to you guys?

  5. thistimethisspace

    It sounds excellent. Well done. :)

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