On the morning of August 6th, Turkish Facebook users once again logged in to not see Ötekilerin Postasi available on Facebook. The censorship has been open since the beginning of Gezi Park protests, and especially after Turkish minister of transportation and communication, Binali Yildirim declared full cooperation of Facebook with Turkish government, the international social media platform’s Turkey office has been blocking accounts, suspending pages, censoring content and closing down opposition groups due to their “violation of community standards” without base.
Ötekilerin Postasi is a citizen journalist platform, which also embraces digital activism and civil disobedience. Due to its non-profit structure, it can act freely, and having consisted of the people themselves, it sides with the people and writes for the people at all times.
The “Radikal Aktivist” who runs Ötekilerin Postasi accounts on social media platforms, states that traditional mainstream media’s risk of facing economic hardships if they go ahead and publish a government-critical piece limits their journalistic freedom; yet he continues to say “alternative social media maintains media freedom in its original sense as it is based on the people on the streets, in the field where that news-piece is taking place.”
“Facebook’s censorship policies is the very meaning of digital vandalism”
Facebook’s explanation stated “Ötekilerin Postasi page is closed down for pornographic or sexual content and decision is final” without showing any proof of the indecent content. Next censorship took place over the pomegranate logo, and Facebook blocked the page editors from sharing content for 30 days.
Due to Facebook’s censorship, the page owners are now focusing on creating their own news platform where they will be free of censorship, turning it into a more professional journalism platform.
Radikal Aktivist ends the interview he gave with these words:
Ötekilerin Postasi will keep silent, only if it wants to though.
And lastly, after Facebook’s latest censorship of Ötekilerin Postasi, the citizen journalist platform made a statement on their website that they will not start a new page on Facebook, but find alternative communications methods.