Monitor: Turkish internet users unable to access Wikipedia

Reports that Turkey may ban matchmaking reality shows emerged this year in March, when Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that "there are some unusual programs that would scrap the institution of family, take away its nobility and sanctity".

Wikipedia's editors, for their part, dealt with Saturday's ban just like you'd expect - they drafted an article about it.

The move to block Wikipedia caused uproar on social media in Turkey with users angrily denouncing the decision to restrict access to one of the world's most popular websites.

Anadolu news agency said officials have warned Wikipedia to remove content likening Turkey to terror groups but the site "persistently" did not.

The local internet monitoring group, Turkey Blocks, stated that this is the latest measure from the government to crack down on free speech rights of residents within the nation.

It said the ban would be lifted if Wikipedia met the government's demands.

"After technical analysis and legal consideration.an administrative measure has been taken for this website (Wikipedia.Org)", the BTK telecommunications watchdog said in a statement on its website.

No explanation Turkey blocked Wikipedia on Saturday
SHARE Share on Facebook SHARE Share on Twitter TWEET Link

Internet users early Saturday began reporting problems trying to reach the site, the ubiquitous online encyclopedia that provides free access and lets users edit its content.

Many observers say Turkey - a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a USA ally - has taken a decided authoritarian turn when it comes to the free flow of information. The blocking of Wikipedia coincides with mounting Western criticism of an erosion of basic liberties in Turkey.

Turkey's official news agency, quoting the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, said on Saturday (Sunday NZT) the site was blocked for "becoming an information source acting with groups conducting a smear campaign against Turkey in the global arena".

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

Others pointed to a Wikipedia page on the recent referendum that expanded Erdogan's powers.

The government has in the past denied that it blocks the internet, blaming outages on spikes in usage after major events.

This isn't the first time Turkish authorities have blocked certain websites, with the likes of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube suffering this fate on multiple occasions- usually in the wake of mass protests or terror attacks.



Popular
  • Gov. Branstad signs new voter ID changes into law

    Gov. Branstad signs new voter ID changes into law

    The changes will go into effect as soon as Branstad signs the bill , which is scheduled to happen Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. According to the petition, the new law is one of the strictest requirements in the nation on women seeking an abortion.
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 'Zombies Chronicles' officially revealed; Details here

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 'Zombies Chronicles' officially revealed; Details here

    In other Call of Duty news, Gamefly recently listed a standalone version of Modern Warfare Remastered for PS4, Xbox One and PC. When it loads, fans are greeted with an interactive typewriter to enter codes which are being discovered nearly as we speak.
    ADP Reports 177000 Rise in Private Payrolls

    ADP Reports 177000 Rise in Private Payrolls

    Last month, the government said employers added only 98,000 jobs in March, far below the robust hiring in ADP's report . Brick-and-mortar retailers also cut jobs in response to stiff competition from online merchants like Amazon.
  • Fired Fox radio reporter sues, claiming retaliation

    Fired Fox radio reporter sues, claiming retaliation

    After reporting the firm, the complaint stated that Fox told Golloher that she has to leave in August for cost reduction reasons. Golloher was made before she sent the email on April 17, 2017, any such defense would be preposterous given that Ms.
    Lionel Messi created the 500 goals club in Barcelona and how!

    Lionel Messi created the 500 goals club in Barcelona and how!

    He now has 23 goals in games between the two clubs, five more than Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano and eight more than Cristiano Ronaldo.
    Hurricanes acquire G Darling from Blackhawks

    Hurricanes acquire G Darling from Blackhawks

    Darling had a 39-17-9 record and 2.37 goals against average with a.923 save percentage in three seasons with the Blackhawks. Darling's NHL career began when he was selected in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes .
  • CBI arrests MD of Essar Group, IT Commissioner in graft case

    CBI arrests MD of Essar Group, IT Commissioner in graft case

    Sources suggest the Commissioner has been charged for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 19 lakh to favour a major corporate group. The payment, CBI found, was meant to be handed over to Prasad at his Vishakapatnam residence at an "opportune moment".

    8 wounded, suspected gunman killed in San Diego incident

    Six of the victims are African-American, another victim is Latino, according to SDPD chief Shelley Zimmerman. Amit Godbole said his wife was walking toward the pool when she heard gunshots and saw people streaming out.
    Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real into semis

    Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real into semis

    Take a look at our list of five hilarious memes to celebrate Real Madrid's win. "It goes both ways, that is football". Bayern Munich must finish out their season without their starting goalkeeper.
  • At 100 days in, Trump seems both outsider and insider

    If you try to illegally enter the United States, you will be caught , detained, deported or put in prison at - it will happen. He then suggested that he might attend the dinner next year - but added that he might consider returning to Pennsylvania.
    Apple working (again) on mobile P2P service

    Apple working (again) on mobile P2P service

    Note: This service would likely launch in the United States at first, with the UK months down the line-if it's really a thing. The cards would also have their own numbers to be eligible for wider online purchases, not just limited to Apple products.
    Predators' Fiala out of playoffs after breaking leg

    Predators' Fiala out of playoffs after breaking leg

    The Preds have yet to lose in these playoffs but I see that changing here as Allen rebounds after a tough loss and St. One of them was the OT game-winner against the Blackhawks in game three. "You have to do the defensive stuff".

CONNECT