Citizen journalism that works from NowPublic?

A Poynter Institute commentary inspired me to revisit NowPublic.com, “the citizen journalism site that recently lined up $10.6 million in funding. “

In clicking through NowPublic, I came across a posting filed by a Jim Colela, a self-identified British freelancer living near Istanbul:

“Turkish authorities have blocked all access to WordPress.com . . . it is completely unknown why  . . .  the move strikes at the very heart of freedom of speech from a country supposedly on the road to EU membership. This can only add to the controversy of the infamous Article 301 remaining on the statute books. In recent years numerous intellectuals and writers, such as 2006 Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk, assassinated Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink and novelist Elif Åžafak have all been tried under the auspices of Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code for ‘insulting Turkishness’.”

The piece had an interesting urgency. I’ll try to check in to NowPublic from time to time.