Turkish authorities have blocked all access to Wikipedia in the country.
According to officials, an “administrative measure” has been taken, but no reason has been given.
Turkish media reported that authorities had asked the online encyclopedia to remove content from “terrorists” writers.
Turkey has blocked social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, for some time, usually after protests or terrorist attacks.
The turkey blocks A monitoring group said Wikipedia was unavailable from 8 a.m. local time. People in Istanbul were unable to access pages without using a virtual private network (VPN).
The Turkish Information and Communication Technology Authority was quoted as saying: “After technical analysis and legal analysis based on Law Nr. 5651 [governing the internet], an administrative measure has been taken for this website. ”
He did not give more details.
whatever Hurriyet The newspaper said Wikipedia had been asked to remove content from some writers whom authorities accused of “supporting terror” and linking Turkey to terrorist groups. Wikipedia had not responded to the requests, Hurriyet he said and as a result the ban was imposed.
Turkey blocks and Turkish media, including Hurriyet, said the interim order would have to be backed up by a full court ruling in the next few days.
Social media made a fuss when news of the ban surfaced, with some users speculating that it could be an attempt to quell criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Wikipedia page.
President Erdogan won a controversial referendum to increase his powers on April 16th, but the issue has deeply divided Turkey.
One Twitter user noted that there was a section on the Turkish referendum Wikipedia page on “controversy and electoral behavior” and quoted allegations that the government was suppressing the “No” campaign through “arrests, media control and political repression.”
The Turkish government has previously denied internet censorship, blaming interruptions in jumps in use after major events.
Wikipedia is also facing censorship in other countries, including a temporary ban in Russia and repeated repression in China.