Turkish court upholds Wikipedia prohibition

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Turkish court upholds Wikipedia prohibition


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Wikipedia in Turkey remains off limits for internet users, as an Ankara court rejected Foundation’s appeal, Anadolu agency reports.

The Court ruled that in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights and the Turkish Constitution, it is possible to act preemptively to stop a crime. In this case, the state is blocking access to Wikipedia because, as the government has argued, the online encyclopedia takes part in a broader “smear campaign” against the Turkish Republic.

The Turkish telecommunications watchdog (BTK) introduced the ban because certain Wikipedia posts contain claims that Turkey has supported jihadists in Syria. Turkish law gives BTK the mandate to block access to sites considered obscene or a threat to national security, Hurriyet reports.

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