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Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia

Staff Writer | April 29, 2017
Turkish authorities on Saturday blocked access to online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, an internet monitoring group said.
Tayyip Erdogan
Freedom of speech   To censor content in the country
A block on all language editions of the Wikipedia website was detected at 0500 GMT on Saturday, monitoring group Turkey Blocks said.

“The loss of availability is consistent with internet filters used to censor content in the country,” it said.

When attempting to access the webpage using Turkish internet providers, users received a notice the site could not be reached and a “connection timed out” error.

Monitoring groups have accused Turkey of blocking access to social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook, particularly in the aftermath of militant attacks.