After recently blocking access to Dutch-based online hotel booking platform booking.com, the Turkish government has now banned access to Wikipedia links. This came as a consequence of the online encyclopedia’s refusal to delete articles and comments that suggest the country is co-operating with “terrorist groups”.
Reportedly, Turkish officials have been in contact with the site’s administrators on numerous occasions to ask them to take down the disputed content, but Wikipedia has refused to comply.
The state-run Anadolou Agency in Turkey quotes Turkish officials from the Department of Communications as saying that Wikipedia has “has started acting as part of the circles who carry out a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena, rather than being cooperative in fight against terror.”
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.