Wikipedia is back online in Turkey after the ban of almost 3 years


The Wikipedia logo is seen in Ankara, Turkey, on November 30, 2019.

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After more than two and a half years, Wikipedia seems to be back online in Turkey. The popular online encyclopedia was banned in april 2017 after the Turkish government accused the site of carrying out a "smear campaign" against him.

At the end of last year, the Constitutional Court of Turkey, the highest court in the country, ruled that the order was unconstitutional, paving the way for this week's reappearance, which coincided with Wikipedia's 19th birthday.

Turkey had previously banned Youtube Y Twitter, and both prohibitions were similarly lifted by the Constitutional Court. In 2018, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also threatened to ban iPhone and other electronic devices They come from American companies.

"We are delighted to meet with the people of Turkey," said Katherine Maher, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, in a blog post announcing that she will be back online in the country.

"At Wikimedia we are committed to protecting everyone's fundamental right to access information. We are excited to share this important moment with our community of Turkish taxpayers on behalf of knowledge seekers everywhere."

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