Turkey shuts Wikipedia out

Sunday Territorian - - WORLD -

ISTANBUL: Turkey yes­ter­day blocked all ac­cess in­side the coun­try to the on­line en­cy­clopae­dia Wikipedia, an in­ter­net mon­i­tor­ing group said, but it was not clear why the ban had been im­posed.

A block af­fect­ing the web­site in Turkey was de­tected af­ter an ad­min­is­tra­tive or­der by the Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties, the Turkey Blocks mon­i­tor­ing group said in a state­ment.

Res­i­dents in Istanbul were yes­ter­day morn­ing un­able to ac­cess any pages of Wikipedia with­out us­ing a vir­tual pri­vate net­work, Agence FrancePresse cor­re­spon­dents said.

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

Turkey Blocks and Turk­ish me­dia said the site had been blocked un­der a pro­vi­sional or­der that would need to be backed by a full court or­der.

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