Wikipedia ‘still not sure’ why it is still banned in Turkey
On April 29, 2017, the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) said it had blocked access to Wikipedia in Turkey, citing a law allowing it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security.
Maher said they were taken by surprise by the move.
“We received a statement on a Friday afternoon. Before we could respond, the website was blocked [in Turkey],” Maher said.
“The statement requested that we remove two articles but no reason was shown as to why we should do that,” she added.
Turkey’s information authority: Wikipedia still publishing illegal content
On the same day as Habertürk’s interview with Maher, Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) issued a statement saying that Wikipedia was “continuing to publish illegal content.”
“Having examined the content [on Wikipedia], we see that it insists on publishing illegal content,” the BTK said in a statement posted on its website on Jan. 17.
“Upon the removal of content that has insulting qualities targeting Turkey, the authorities could take the necessary steps,” the statement added.
“It is seen that statements [made by Wikipedia] are made to divert the public and create a false perception,” the BTK also said.
Wikipedia is just one of the scores of websites banned in Turkey, while monitoring groups have accused the country’s authorities of blocking or slowing access to social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook on numerous occasions in the past.
“As we are trying to deal with all this terrorism, [Wikipedia] makes us look like we work with terror groups,” Arslan said on Dec. 18.
Five months after Wikipedia was banned in Turkey, a “pirate” website of it was launched in the country. A “mirrored” version of the site is also available, with users simply typing a “0” before “wikipedia” in the URL to access all Wikipedia content.