Türkiye’de WordPress yasaklanmış.
One of the most prominent (and, publishing-wise, prolific) Islamists is a guy named Harun Yahya. Evidently his real name is Adnan Oktar. He and his lawyers have convinced the government of Turkey to ban all of WordPress because of WordPress’s refusal to remove what Oktar alleges to be defamatory material about him.
This is an atrocious state of affairs. But I am quite happy to see that WordPress has not given in to Oktar’s lawyers’ demands; and, I dare say, WordPress will never give in.
The problem about free speech — which Oktar should know plenty about, seeing how he is a demagogue himself — is that one must permit what one does not like in order to see what one likes to flourish.
Oktar likely either knows nothing about free speech or does not care about free speech. But his attitude and tactics are very revealing of today’s Islamists.
Consider yourself warned: if you don’t stand firm, they will knock you down.
My salutations and admiration to the WordPress team for demonstrating one element that has made The West the best: freedom of expression.