Wikipedia Blocked In Turkey For 'Not Removing Content'
Free online encyclopedia website Wikipedia gets blocked in Turkey.
According to report, site has been blocked under a provisional administrative measure without a court order, but Turkey blocks says an order is expected in the coming days.
Turkey's communications ministry said Wikipedia was attempting to run a "smear campaign" against Turkey, saying some articles purported that Ankara was coordinating with militant groups, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
"Instead of coordinating against terrorism, it has become part of an information source which is running a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena," Anadolu quoted the ministry as saying in a statement.
The ban would be lifted if Wikipedia met the government's demands, Anadolu said.
“The loss of availability is consistent with internet filters used to censor content in the country,” the monitor said.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales react on Twitter,
Access to information is a fundamental human right. Turkish people, I will always stand with you and fight for this right. #turkey https://t.co/5ZAsc9coVX— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) April 29, 2017
Turkey already temporarily blocked access to popular sites - including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in past.
Mapping Censorship in Turkey in real time Twitter Handle account also confirms the report,
In March 2014, YouTube was banned for several months in Turkey after the site was used to broadcast purported footage of a security meeting on Syria.Confirmed: All editions of the #Wikipedia online encyclopedia blocked in #Turkey as of 8:00AM local timehttps://t.co/ybFolRmsOs pic.twitter.com/hI9tn4bHe5— Turkey Blocks (@TurkeyBlocks) April 29, 2017