President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has banned Wikipedia in the Islamic country for what the Turkish government described as a ‘smear campaign against Turkey and Erdogan.
The popular online encyclopedia contained comments, articles and statements linking the country to terrorist activities with some articles saying Turkey worked “in coordination and alignment” with terrorist groups.
Announcing the ban on Sunday, Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications said the site has been banned in the country after their numerous pleas to the site to take off ‘malicious’ articles fell on deaf ears
Responding to the ban, Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, said in a tweet,
Access to information is a fundamental right. Turkish people, I will always stand with you and fight for this right
The online site, responding to the ban, said ;
The encyclopedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous volunteers who write without pay”
“Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles, except in limited cases where editing is restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism. Users can contribute anonymously, under a pseudonym, or, if they choose to, with their real identity,”
According to the Turkish government, Wikipedia’s ban will be reversed when they take off all negative and malicious contents from their site