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A Turkish court formally blocked access to Wikipedia to 'protect national security'

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A Turkish court on Saturday blocked access to Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, enforcing an earlier restriction by Turkey's telecommunications watchdog.

The Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) said an Ankara court ordered Saturday that a "protection measure" related to suspected internet crimes be applied to Wikipedia.

Such measures are used to block access to pages or entire websites to protect "national security and public order."


Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales tweeted his support for those who deem it censorship.

Turkey Blocks, an internet censorship monitor, said users in Turkey have been unable to access all language editions of Wikipedia since 8 a.m. Saturday.

 Turkey's official news agency said the site was blocked for "becoming an information source acting with groups conducting a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena."

Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications was quoted saying that the ban will stay until the site removes content from its site linking Turkey to terrorist organizations.


--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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