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Turkey Blocks Access to Wikipedia With No Apparent Explanation

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Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia.

Access to Wikipedia, a free online reference website, has been stopped in Turkey, as indicated by an internet censorship-monitoring network.

Turkey Blocks, which claims itself to be a free “digital transparency project” said users in Turkey have been not able to get to all language access of Wikipedia since yesterday morning. “The loss of availability is consistent with internet filters used to censor content in the country,” it said.

Wikipedia is a “free encyclopaedia” which lets users read extensively – gather information – on various things extensively. It’s free to use.

The site has been obstructed under a temporary administrative measure without a court order, but Turkey Blocks says a request is normal in the coming days. The measure has been put into effect by the nation’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority.

There is no official explanation on why the site has been blocked, but Turkish media is detailing the cause as “terror-related content”.

Hurriyet Daily News said Turkey has been in correspondence with Wikipedia for the removal of substance supporting fear and showing Turkey as a supporter of terror.

NTV revealed that Turkey demanded Wikipedia to open an office in the nation, act by worldwide law and keep court decisions and “not be part of the blackout operation against Turkey”.

If these demands are met and the substance removed, the site would be revived, as indicated by Turkish media.

When trying to get to the site without the use of a VPN, the connections time out and an alert says: this site can’t be reached.

With Wikipedia gone, internet users will have to turn to other sources to gather information. This may have arisen because users – any users – are free to edit Wikipedia pages which let them put in whatever content they want.

This is not a new case of internet censorship. A few days ago, access to sites like Facebook and apps like WhatsApp were blocked in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir because it apparently spread hatred and communal violence in the state.