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.
Monitoring groups have accused Turkey of blocking access to social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook, particularly in the aftermath of militant attacks, although the government has denied any connection with these blackouts.
However, watchdog groups claim that these social media blocks Since last year’s failed coup, authorities have fired or suspended more than 120,000 people from the civil service, police and judiciary and arrested more than 40,000 on suspicion of ties to terrorist groups.
President Tayyip Erdogan says the measures are needed given the scope of the security threat Turkey faces.
How to access wikipedia.com if you are in Turkey
If you live in Turkey or know someone who does, CyberGhost can help you access securely content that is restricted in your country of residence.
Here’s what you need to do:
On Android and iOS devices, download CyberGhost for free and activate a profile of choice. You will be assigned with a new IP, from a different country, where CyberGhost has servers. Since none of these servers are located in Turkey, you will be able to access wikipedia.com freely.
On your Windows desktop device, we recommend downloading CyberGhost. Then click on the Unblock Basic Websites profile and afterwards select wikipedia.com from the list.