Wikipedia accused of defaming the image of Turkey

Wikipedia has become part of an information campaign to demonize Turkey in the international arena and therefore has been blocked in the country. So, the Turkish authorities explained to the restriction of access to the online encyclopedia, reports the Anadolu news Agency.

The Ministry of transport and communications of Turkey said that Wikipedia contained articles on Ankara’s ties with various terrorist organizations. The government is required to remove these “offensive material”, but the encyclopedia refused.

If Wikipedia is to fulfill the requirements of the authorities, access to the site will be restored, said the Agency.

Earlier on 29 April it was reported that the Wikipedia site is inaccessible in Turkey since 8:00 GMT.

On 17 April, an unknown user changed the Wikipedia article about the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in, giving him the title of “His Excellency the dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan”. The edit was promptly removed by the editors, and the article is locked for editing for a week, but screenshots were widely distributed on social networks.

16 April, Turkey held a referendum on amendments to the basic law of the country. According to preliminary results, the amendment was supported by 51.4 percent of the vote. Public administration reform involves the abolition of the post of the Prime Minister and the extension of the powers of the President.

In July, Turkey had blocked the WikiLeaks website after it published nearly 300 thousand emails of members of the ruling Party of justice and development.