Turkey blocked all access to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia

Turkey has blocked all access to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia inside the country on Saturday morning.

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Monitoring group Turkey Blocks detected the block on all language editions of the site across multiple service providers at about 8 a.m. local time.

Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority confirmed the bar citing a law allowing it to obstruct certain websites to protect public order, national security or general public well being.

“After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the Law Nr. 5651 [governing the internet], an administrative measure has been taken for this website,” the department said, according to the BBC.

No reason was given for the action, although the provisional administrative order will require a full court ruling in the next few days.

Turkish citizens have criticized law 5651 as a violation of freedom of expression used to limit citizens rights to the access of information.

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http://www.upi.com/