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Sat 21 Sep, 2013
By Robert Ingham

Freedom to communicate is a basic right

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Grindr fights back against Turkish ban

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Grindr, the popular gay dating app banned by the Turkish government last week, is fighting back, by working with gay rights activists in Turkey to try and get back online.

The app had more than 125,000 active monthly users but was blocked on 11 September by Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace as a ‘protection measure’, which many see as a further tightening of social freedoms by the conservative Turkish government.

“Oppression starts with the strangling of free speech and just like the burning of books in the past, today it's done by cutting off people’s access to technology,” said Joel Simkhai, founder and CEO of Grindr. “Freedom to communicate is a basic right and Grindr is exploring all options to resolve this matter including a legal appeal.”

Grindr is working with Kaos GL, a Turkish gay-rights organisation, and campaigning group All Out to launch a petition to force Erdogan’s government to rescind the ban.

Source: The Independant
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