22 june 2017

Central Asia news

Online encyclopedia Wikipedia blocked across Turkey

29.04.2017 14:04 msk

Hurriyet


Turkey on April 29 blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, Hurriyet reports.


Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) said it had implemented the ban on wikipedia.org but the reason for the move was not immediately clear.

A block affecting all language editions of the website in Turkey was detected from 8:00 a.m. after an administrative order by the Turkish authorities, the Turkey Blocks monitoring group, which watches internet restrictions in the country, said in a statement.

Residents in Istanbul were April 29 morning unable to access any pages of Wikipedia without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

"The loss of availability is consistent with internet filters used to censor content in the country," Turkey Blocks said.

The BTK confirmed the ban in a statement but gave no details.

"After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the Law Nr. 5651, an administrative measure has been taken for this website wikipedia.org," it said.

No reason was given for the order to block Wikipedia. Other websites, including leading social media, appeared to be working normally.

Fergana News Agency