turkey blocks access to wikipedia, to protect 'national security'

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in a move that social media users called censorship, a turkish court on saturday blocked access to wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia, enforcing an earlier restriction by turkey’s telecommunications watchdog.the information and communication technologies authority (btk) said an ankara court ordered saturday that a ‘protection measure’ related to suspected internet crimes be applied to wikipedia. such measures are used to block access to pages or entire websites to protect ‘national security and public order.’in response, wikipedia founder jimmy wales tweeted his support for those who labelled the decision censorship: ‘access to information is a fundamental human right. turkish people, i will always stand with you to fight for this right.’turkey blocks, an internet censorship monitor, said users in turkey have been unable to access all language editions of wikipedia since 8 a.m. saturday.‘the loss of availability is consistent with internet filters used to censor content in the country,” the monitor said.the site had initially been blocked by btk under a provisional administration measure.the exact reason for the ban remains unclear. but turkey’s official n......

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