Court Rules in Favor of Wikipedia Over Turkish Censorship carderuk, fullzcvvto

Turkey banned Wikipedia for allegedly linking a terrorist
group to the country. However, it seems the internet encyclopedia has won the
battle and a court has ruled in its favor. The highest court in Turkey ruled
that the ban of Wikipedia is a violation of the right of expression. With this
development, the two-year ban will be rescinded soon.
The Turkish constitutional court justices presided over the
case, as they voted more in favor of Wikipedia’s stance. Anadolu, the state-run
news agency in Turkey, reported that the Turkish government had been ordered to
lift the ban immediately.
Founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, is already elated by the news as he tweeted shortly after the site’s victory in court. In his tweet, he said, “Welcome back, Turkey.”
As at the time of writing, the Turkish government has not
yet responded to questions and inquiries about the case. The ban has not been
lifted yet, and it’s not clear when the government would deem it necessary to
lift the ban.
Turkey banned Wikipedia for publishing what the country
termed a defamatory entry on its website. According to the Turkish government,
Wikipedia accused Turkey of having a hand in ISIs and other terrorist organizations.
The site also included in its entry, an oil trading deal
with Islamic State. The terrorist link accusations did not go down well with the
Turkish government, which prompted a two-year ban on all editions of the site
in Turkey. But Wikipedia did not remove the content from the site, as it cited
is disagreement against censorship. Consequently, Turkey accused Wikipedia of
carrying out a smear campaign against Russia.
Turkish officials then invoked a law that allows it to ban internet contents and sites if it poses a threat to national security . The government took the administrative measure and completely denied Turkish residents access to all Wikipedia pages and contents. However, Wikipedia was not taking the ban lying down.
In May 2017, the Wikipedia Foundation charged the country
to court, claiming violation of freedom of expression. The case was initially
tried in lower courts, but the courts failed to resolve.
The foundation took the country to the European Human
Rights court in Strasbourg, France (ECHR). At the time, the Wikipedia Foundation
released a statement, giving reasons for taking the case to an international
court. According to the Foundation, it decided to take the case to the
international court after the court in Turkey could not take a right legal
action against such infringements on its rights.
ECHR looked at the case and called the ban unacceptable in
a modern democratic dispensation. It court gave Turkey time to present a
valuable case and give reasons while the ban should be upheld. It cited Article
10 of EC on human rights that provided freedom of expression.
Even after the censorship on Wikipedia, people in Turkey still use Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to access Wikipedia and other banned sites.
Hoverer, Turkey is one of the countries with the most bans
on internet sites. Twitter and Facebook are frequently interrupted by the
Turkish government for various reasons. Most times they are banned after
terrorist attacks or protests. Currently, more than 127,000 sites are banned in
The past ten years have seen the deterioration of media
freedom in Turkey. This is heightened by the incessant political turmoil in the
After the failed coup attempt on President Recep Tayyip in
2016, the crackdown has even intensified. The government is now using more
severe measures to deal with political opponents, and journalists and media
personnel always suffer the consequences.
Turkey is ranked as one of the worst places to live as a
journalist. Currently, it ranks only behind China as the world’s leading prisoners of journalists . About 175 journalists are
in detention for various purported crimes against the government.
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