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Turkey’s high court on Thursday said that the government’s two-year, Wikipedia’s ban violates the freedom of speech, in a ruling that could pave the way for access to the online encyclopaedia, is to be restored.
The judges of the land, the constitutional court concluded 10-6 in favor of the history of the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The government has not commented on the ruling.
“Today, it is the decision of the Turkish Constitutional Court is an important step in the right know-how,” and the Wikipedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, said in a statement. “We join the people of Turkey, and the millions of readers and volunteers, who have to rely on the Wikipedia around the world is welcome to join in this recognition of universal access to all knowledge.”
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Turkey’s top court ruled on Thursday that a government ban on the English Wikipedia in violation of the freedom of speech and expression.
The access of the community to maintain the site, which was blocked in April 2017, after he refused to remove content at the request of the Turkish government, the officials, who claimed the capital, Ankara, was being portrayed as a supporter of the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.
Of the entries, saying that the Turkish government officials were also involved in the oil trade with ISIS, and that Turkey had voted in favour of the group.
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Wikipedia, viewed the request as completed. Ankara has accused the site of being part of a “smear campaign” and has been banned in all the official languages, under a far-reaching law, which makes it possible for the government to censor the content to be of the opinion that it is a threat to national security.
Wikipedia, the petition filed with the constitutional court of justice in May 2017, after talks with the Turkish officials has been unsuccessful. This year, the wikimedia Foundation took on Turkey at the European Court of human Rights of the Human person, in response to the ban. Turkey routinely ignore rulings by the european court, choosing to pay court-ordered fines and penalties are in place, the Guardian reported.
A Turkey’s response to the court’s due in January, The New York Times reported. Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, addressed Thursday’s statement in a tweet: “Welcome back to Turkey!”
It was not clear if the access to the site would be restored. A lot of Turkish people have used other methods to get around the ban, including Vpn and mirror sites, according to the Guardian.
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Turkey has escalated crackdown on media freedoms by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, after an unsuccessful 2016, and attempted a coup d’état. The constitutional court decided in 2014 that a similar ban on YouTube and Twitter-in violation of the freedom of speech and expression.