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Wikipedia has been banned in Turkey


Wikipedia has been banned in Turkey

The Wikipedia, a well known open source encyclopedia site, where any one can add information to was banned in Turkey. According to Hürriyet, there is an article showing that there is no court decision on the site but administrative measures are applied when the ICTA is questioned through the “Site Information Query Page”.



“As a result of the technical examination and legal evaluation made pursuant to Law No. 5651, in accordance with the decision of the Information Technologies and Communications Authority on this web site ( dated 29/04/2017 and numbered 490.05.01.2017.-182198, the Information Technologies and Communications Authority ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURE IS APPLIED. 5651, ADMINISTRATION MEASURE has been taken to this website ( according to Decision Nr. 490.05.01.2017.-182198 dated 29/04/2017 implemented by Information and Communication Technologies Authority.) ”


When a user wants to enter Wikipedia, the site does not respond for a long time and then it goes to the error page.


Update: According to Hurriyet, the Wikipedia was continuing to communicate with the government. It is said that the site apparently contains articles to support terrorism, and furthermore, the service was warned as it tried to show that Turkey and terrorist groups were collaborating. However, no respond was given to the government. It is also said that Wikimedia does not remove the content, or even protect it.


Turkey, which has long been intensifying contacts with various social media companies and internet publishing organs, wants international sites to open representative offices in Turkey, to comply with international law and to implement court decisions. According to the statement made by the authorities, it was emphasized that the site would be reopened if Turkey made its own regulations and had regulations in it, including court decisions.

Jack Goodman

Founder & CEO of BrightTitan

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