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article imageWikipedia has been blocked in Turkey

By Tim Sandle     May 1, 2017 in Internet
Access to the global encyclopedia Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey, with those in the the troubled country being unable to access any of the global knowledge-bases web pages.
According to the BBC, Turkish government officials have said "an administrative measure" had been taken; however, no reason why has been provided. Nevertheless, Turkish media (such as the Hurriyet daily newspaper) has speculated that the authorities previously asked Wikipedia to remove content by writers "supporting terror". When this wasn't granted, the government took action to prevent the populace from accessing the thousands of pages of the online encyclopedia. The ban took place at 08:00 (Turkish time) on April 28, 2017 (and it remains down). The response of the Turkish population to the ban has been, on the whole, negative as The Guardian reports.
This is not the first time that Turkish authorities have taken drastic action in relation to social media. In the past, the government has blocked access to social media sites including Facebook and Twitter. This has normally been usually following protests against the government or following terror attacks. After a period of time, access to the blocked sites has been restored. These reasons suggest a concern with terrorism is once again part of the motivation of the Turkish government blocking access to Wikipedia.
However, the government are revealing little: "After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the Law Nr. 5651 [governing the internet], an administrative measure has been taken for this website", is all Turkey's Information and Communication Technologies Authority is quoted as saying (via Unilad).
Constitutionally the ban can only remain in force for a few more days before the the Turkish government is required to go to the courts. Here the ban can be requested to be extended. Whichever way the court decides, the reason for the ban will be revealed.
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