@samarkeolog Twitter archive: access to information, freedom of expression, and genocide denial

Partly to help me (publicly) archive material from before my @conflictantiq Twitter feed on looting and destruction of cultural and community property, partly to help me clarify (for myself) what I want to document on it, I’ve copied-and-pasted(-and-hyperlinked) the (immediately or otherwise) relevant material from my @samarkeolog Twitter feed (primarily on professional, Balkan and Mediterranean matters).

It was a huge time sink; but I am utterly dedicated to uneconomic(al) activity.

@samarkeolog tweets on access to information, freedom of expression, and genocide denial are here.

Cyprus: access to information; freedom of expression

‘Trial of Cyprus’s key anti-racism activist, implies far-right has support of the authorities via @MemByzde‘ (@OccupyBufferZ, 13th March 2012)

‘UCJ, EFJ condemn latest gun attack on (Cypriot) Afrika newspaper & death threat to its editor Sener Levent via @cyprob‘ (28th February 2011)

‘threatened Makarios Droushiotis wants off Journalists’ Union list for own dignity’ (11th May 2010 – original tweet’s link cut)

genocide denial

#Turkey may not invite #France to #Syria meeting because of Armenian Genocide denial ban. Grow up you abject ****s’ (6th March 2012)

‘France cancels ‘unconstitutional’ #genocide #denial ban; ignores identical existing #law(s)’ (29th January 2012)

‘#Turkey’s summoned #Switzerland’s envoy to complain about its investigation into publicly-declared crime @HDNER #sigh’ (6th February 2012)

‘basic misunderstandings in discussion of French genocide denial ban‘ (31st January 2012)

‘France passed “Armenian Genocide denial” law‘ (24th January 2012)

‘the politics and morality of the ban on Armenian Genocide denial in France’ (23rd January 2012)

‘French Senate commission: ban on genocide denial against constitution < but Holocaust denial already banned via @HDNER‘ (18th January 2012)

Crimes of expression in France and Turkey’ (6th January 2012)

‘I dread posting this on my Facebook MT @BBCBreaking #Turkey suspends ties with #France over #ArmenianGenocide #law’ (22nd December 2011)

@GeorgeMonbiot @medialens Denying genocide where the body parts found & identified is if anything even greater fraud than Holocaust denial’ (@OliverKamm, 7th June 2011)

@GeorgeMonbiot Herman, say @medialens, “perfectly entitled” to deny 8,000 Bosniak victims at Srebrenica. Even though their bodies now found!’ (@OliverKamm, 7th June 2011)

Greece: access to information; freedom of expression

Greek Supreme Court Rejects Union’s Appeal to Use “Turk” in Its Name’ (@GreekReporter, 6th March 2012)

@RSF_RWB on media in Greece; journalists’ economic insecurity, being attacked by police & protesters via @teacherdude

Somalia: access to information; freedom of expression

‘Somali satirist Abdi Jeylani Marshale killed, prob Islamic extremists, poss al-Shabab v @markthomasinfo @marcusbrig‘ (1st August 2012)

Syria: access to information; freedom of expression

‘Meet Telecomix, The Hackers Bent On Exposing Those Who Censor And Surveil The Internet‘ (@RhiRionn, 26th December 2011 [27th December 2011])

Turkey: access to information; freedom of expression

‘Turkish pianist Fazil Say on trial for ‘insulting Islam‘ on Twitter’ (@gunesduru, 18th October 2012)

‘#Turkey prosecutor insists #RedHack @r3dh4ck_ENterrorist@HDNER presumably, not 4 *helping* police/sec (as it did)’ (6th July 2012)

‘Nedim Şener says there are no solid evidence against me in indictment. I’m in jail because of the books I haven’t written. #OdaTv Case’ (@oemoral, 12th March 2012)

‘[Turkish] Article says Twitter not responding to Turkish legal requests for IP of usersl who tweet “insults” etc.’ (@techsoc, 6th March 2012)

‘.@r3dh4ck hacked Ankara police, revealed password ‘123456’, helped cops with tech problems; funny, worrying. #Turkey’ (4th March 2012)

‘.@techsoc explains #Twitter’s model policy on state censorship; transparent, empowering tool for free speech advocates’ (28th January 2012)

‘ty @TheNextWeb bypass #Twitter censorship: go to settings, change country / sansürü geç: ayarlara git, ülkeni değiştir’ (28th January 2012)

‘Ten days in jail for conscript who spoke of abuse of soldiers in turkish army in #Cyprus’ (@nekatomenos, 6th January 2012 – original tweet’s link cut)

‘Ece Temelkuran, who spoke out to FP about Turkey’s war on journalists, was fired from her job today. (h/t @ifikra)’ (@DavidKenner, 4th January 2012 [6th January 2012])

‘note: democracy on trial in Turkey‘ (27th December 2011)

‘MT @HDNER For a complete list of #journalists detained in #Turkey today bit.ly/sdt0lh < but not still/by, *literally* today’ (20th December 2011)

‘fun: #Anonymiss / #Anonymous target #Gulen, #Turkey for #censorship, imprisonment of journalists via @AnonyKurds‘ (6th December 2011)

‘TT @cyberrights Richard Dawkins’ site&evolutionary theory websites in child filter, but not [creationist] Adnan Oktar’s sites #22kasim’ (1st December 2011)

‘censorship in Turkey: access to information‘ (30th November 2011)

‘One-Third of Turkish Academy Resigns in Protest of Government Takeover‘ (@ScienceInsider, 8th November 2011)

‘Don’t underestimate Turkish hackers. My book #DarkMarket reveals some of their secrets.Even Israel is scared! #cyberwar’ (@MishaGlenny, 12th September 2011 [25th September 2011] – original tweet’s link broken)

‘censorship in Turkey: freedom of expression‘ (22nd September 2011)

‘Turkey: Ergenekon propaganda websites trial‘ (13th September 2011)

‘obv confusing implications for Şık & his work, bt gd & important @todayszamancom report on website aiding Ergenekon‘ (11th September 2011)

‘from bad to worse; from worse to…? MT @ScienceInsider Turkish Science Academy Fights Government Changes‘ (7th September 2011 [6th September 2011])

‘”Engelliweb.com 15.009 kapalı siteyi tespit etti” – TKNLJ #sansur #internetimedokunma’ (@engelliweb, 23rd August 2011)

‘sorry, those sites aren’t blocked on my own computer – apparently, my internet cafe is filtering them for no reason @engelliweb‘ (19th June 2011)

@brennawalks ffs, can’t see jobs on [dead website] either, #yasak / #filtrelenmis in #Turkey – #ayol!’ (13th June 2011)

@engelliweb internet cafes in #Kayseri – 4/5/2007 tarihli ve 5651 Sayili “internet ortaminda…” falan icin #filtrelenmis’ (7th June 2011)

‘#Anonymous agin #22agustos RT @HDNER Internet activist group warns Turkish government about censorship #operationturkey‘ (7th June 2011)

‘no chance of escaping to an English teaching #job in #Italy – @kijiji_it is #filtered / #yasak in #Turkey, @engelliweb‘ (6th June 2011)

@sitemeter is #filtered / #yasak in #Turkey, @engelliweb‘ (6th June 2011)

‘btw, @brennawalks yes, @academia_edu really is #filtered / #yasak in #Turkey – when can I leave again? #22agustos’ (5th June 2011)

‘Er, Turkish internet filters academia.edu ? Nefuckingden? At least my name has a fun word inside’ (2nd June 2011)

Turkey’s Blogger ban lifted‘ (29th May 2011)

‘#22agustos: internet censorship, Turkey‘ (27th May 2011)

‘wanted to blog Arabic-language graffiti in Cyprus, but blogspot banned in Turkey – deffo changing platform’ (13th May 2011)

‘RT @Turkishub #Turkish #journalists march for arrested #reporters,,, [ @HDNER http://bit.ly/dTdTyQ ] < see you on streets on 1st May’ (26th April 2011)

‘RT @Turkishub #Journalist Attacked for News on Smuggling – Bianet #Turkey < glad not researching antiquities anymore?’ (26th April 2011)

‘via @vvanwilgenburg @MarietjeD66 RT @Turkishub Critics Challenge New #Internet Controls #Turkey < don’t wanna live here’ (25th April 2011)

‘anti-coupist journalist Ahmet Şık arrested as coupist: defence on Tk @bianet_org via En @HDNER‘ (21st April 2011)

#Turkish police raid printing house, erase unpublished book’ (@HDNER, 24th March 2011)

‘being a #journalist is a dangerous profession in #Turkey; 76 journalists were assassinated for political reasons since 1908; 1 per 17 months’ (@Turkeyreport, 22nd March 2011)

‘Finally @brennawalks ! Okay ‘s a ‘blanket ban‘ somehow coz of a ‘spat over rights to… Turkish football’, but still…’ (2nd March 2011)

turkey bans blogger. nice one. this relevant, @clmorgan ? at least [@samarkeolog] will have a quieter life’ (@brennawalks, 1st March 2011)

‘nationalist violence, revenge hacking RT @cyprusmail Turkish hackers bring down over 100 Cypriot websites’ (29th December 2010 – original tweet’s link cut)

Ergenekon, deep state websites: Turkish Defence Ministry IPs’ (1st May 2010)

‘corruption-exposing Turkish journalist/editor Cihan Hayırsevener murdered‘ (24th December 2009)


  • I didn’t include ambiguous tweets, mid-event tweets, etc.
  • I removed incomplete sentences added by automatic tweet generators.
  • I converted in-tweet links into hyperlinked text.
  • I didn’t provide the permalink to my own tweets of links, because it would’ve meant a flood of unnecessary links and “@samarkeolog”s (and swallowed even more time).
  • Because my early tweets’ links weren’t clickable, I copied-and-pasted all of the tweets themselves (rather than links for embedding), but it’s far, far too time-consuming to continue to do that.

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