Turkey Blocks Wikipedia To Protect National Security

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkey has blocked Wikipedia. This not happens in the first time in turkey, Turkey had also blocked facebook and other websites. The country’s telecommunications watchdog has said, citing a law that allows it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security.

The move to close down Wikipedia access is likely to further worry rights groups and Turkey’s western allies, who say Ankara has curtailed freedom of speech and other basic rights in the crackdown that followed last year’s failed coup.

“After technical analysis and legal consideration … an administrative measure has been taken for this website,” the BTK telecoms authority said in a statement on its website.

BTK is required to submit such measures to a court within 24 hours. The court then has two days to decide if the ban should be upheld.

A block on all language editions of the online encyclopedia was detected at 5 am GMT on Saturday, monitoring group Turkey Blocks said on its website.

“The loss of availability is consistent with internet filters used to censor content in the country,” it said.

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