Access to Wikipedia has been banned in Turkey since the Turkish government imposed a blockage over “national security and public order” on Apr 29, 2017.
The online encyclopedia was first blocked as a result of “a provisional administrative order” imposed by the Turkish Telecommunications Authority (BTK), on Apr 29. A subsequent court order secured the blockage over alleged threat against “national security and public order.”
The restriction affects all language editions of the online encyclopaedia.
Media said that four articles on Wikipedia stood out as the reason for the restriction, which Turkey request to be removed to no avail.
The first two of articles allege that Turkey had supported ISIL while the third one mentions emails published by WikiLeaks and RecHack in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son in law and Turkey’s current Energy Minister Berat Albayrak is claimed to be tied to alleged oil trade with ISIS through the abuse of a government exemption from doing business in Iraqi Kurdistan.
In the fourth one, Erdogan is mentioned among from a number of world leaders listed under an article titled Benevolent dictator.
Days after Turkey banned the website last year, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was disinvited from the ‘World Cities Expo Event,’ held in Turkey.
In a bid to resume access, Wikipedia launched an online campaign under the #WeMissTurkey hashtag through which it shared historical and cultural materials about Turkey. However, no access has been granted yet.