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No More Grindr in Turkey

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Wednesday Sep 11, 2013
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Gay and bisexual men looking to use their mobile phones to hookup in Turkey will have to consider another dating app besides Grindr.

Turkey’s LGBT group Kaos GL reports that the country has censored the app as of yesterday evening. Istanbul Anatolia 14th Criminal Court of Peace blocked Grindr as a "protection measure." The group’s lawyer, Hayriye Kara, said the decision to ban Grindr may have something to do with "general morality," which is a vague term often used against trans sex workers.

Grindr’s website is also censored and is blocked by Telecommunications Communications Presidency. Gay and bisexual men trying to access the app’s site will get the following message:

"The decision no 2013/406 dated 26/08/2013, which is given about this website (grindr.com) within the context of protection measure, of ’İstanbul Anadolu 14. Sulh CM’ (İstanbul Anatolia 14th Criminal Court of Peace) has been implemented by ’Telekomünikasyon İletişim Başkanlığı’ (Telecommunications Communication Presidency)."

Kara also discussed Grindr’s banning with the Huffington Post.

"The court decision is not published online and so we have no access to the procuration and therefore do not yet know what was the reason for the censorship," Kara said. "It is most likely related to ’general morality,’ an ambiguous term used often against trans sex workers."

Ömer Akpinar, a gay rights activist in Turkey, told HuffPo that blocking Grindr is "the last step in arbitrary limitations of freedom in Turkey."

"Any lifestyle or identity, which does not fit to the state’s ideology, is being deprived of their rights and freedoms," Akpinar added.

Comments

  • Anonymous, 2013-09-12 09:08:14

    Well perhaps this is also part of the reason Istanbul didn’t ( and shouldn’t have) been granted the right to host the 2020 Olympics


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