Turkey Blocks Wikipedia, Expanding Censorship

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 29 April 2017, 22:15 hrs, UTC, Post #186.

Source:

http://www.dw.com/en/turkey-blocks-wikipedia-expanding-censorship/a-38637455

Accessed on 29 April 2017, 22:15 hrs, UTC.

Report:  Deutsche Welle (DW).

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Comment:

Turkey Blocks, an organization that monitors internet censorship, says the Turkish government blocked all language access to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, effective Saturday, 29 April 2017.  Local Turkish media told Deutsche Welle (DW) that “the move was related to associating Turkey with terrorism.”  Turkey Blocks says “more sophisticated and prepared internet users were still able to access Wikipedia using virtual private networks (VPN).”

Although the exact reason for adding another layer of censorship to Turkish society was not given, Deutsche Welle (DW) say the trend to more internet censorship is disturbing:

“Turkish authority’s move to block the hugely popular website is likely to add to concerns over the deterioration in the rule of law, democracy and basic freedoms in the country.”

“Turkey has in recent years temporarily blocked access to numerous websites, most notably Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.”

Blocking or throttling internet access has become common during terror attacks, mass protests or in response to the internet companies’ failure to remove content. ”

“Authorities often ask social media and internet companies to cooperate in removing content for defamation or broadly defined terrorism, particularly related to Kurdish militants.”

“Hundreds of websites critical of the government are blocked in Turkey.”

Opinion:

For those of us living in Western Europe, Canada, and the United States, be thankful that our respective governments haven’t yet imposed this brand of censorship.  That’s one reason why questions of net neutrality, fake news, and internet access are so important to countries that practice representative democracy.  If you control access to information, you can control how your society acts.  In decades past, Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy practiced this art to a high degree of sophistication.  One-party states, such as the late Soviet Union and the Peoples Republic of China, make it very difficult to get anything outside of official government sources. If you’re concerned about access to a broad range of information and opinion, you may want to consider using a VPN (virtual private network).  VPNs aren’t perfect, but they do allow internet searches by avoiding government or state filters.

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