Last weekend, the Turkish government moved to block Wikipedia, as well as restrict TV dating shows and get rid of more than 3,900 individuals from the Turkish military and civil service.
Turkey has been known to block access to social media sites during times of heightened unrest. Thousands have also been removed from their posts since the failed military coup last year.
Why are they blocking Wikipedia?
The Turkish government made a move to block the site after Wikipedia refused to remove articles and comments suggesting Turkey is cooperating with terrorist organisations.
“After technical analysis and legal consideration… an administrative measure has been taken for this website,” BTK telecoms authority said, according to The Guardian.
Once the intention to block Wikipedia was announced, Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales took to Twitter to say that “access to information is a fundamental human right.”
— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) April 29, 2017
Dating shows are being removed from TV as they are viewed as having a negative impact on traditional family values.
don’t be afraid we’ll be like Iran , our government just dreams back to stone age #Wikipedia
— Yalkin Uguz® (@yalkinuguz) April 29, 2017