CHP Istanbul Deputy Barış Yarkadaş has reacted to the restriction on Wikipedia, worlds biggest online encyclopedia.
CHP Istanbul Deputy Barış Yarkadaş has criticized the lock on Wikipedia through his social media account and stated that he expects the lock to be lifted as soon as possible.
Yarkadaş also drew attention to the fact that writer Aslı Erdoğan’s international travel ban still persists and that she is not going to be able to attend the ceremony held by European Culture Foundation to collect her Princess Margaret prize, a prize given to international artists.
Here is what Yarkadaş shared:
“The government can’t get enough of the censor… This time, the ‘victim’ is Wikipedia. The website was denied access by BTK (Information and Communication Technologies Authority). Without even requiring a court order…
If there was a slander, a false statement or a pornographic content on the website, a simple dialogue could have been established with the website’s management and the content that’s causing the problem could have been removed.
Or, with a court order, access could have been denied to the specific objectionable content. Apparently; BTK doesn’t even find it necessary to follow any of these steps and just blocks access to the website immediately. This practice is called ‘censor and prevention of the right to access information’. This is unacceptable.
There are currently 34 thousand websites that are being denied access to in Turkey. The censor has taken a worrisome shape. Wikipedia has become one of these websites to be banned; the government has carried its censorship to the international arena. The arbitrary ban on Wikipedia should be stopped immediately.
Turkey, who regressed back to the 163. spot on the list for freedom of thought and expression, regressed even further after today. BTK’s censoring sword is relentlessly in action. In our country where over 150 journalists are currently imprisoned, the oppression against the intellectuals, writers and journalists differ on every level.
As an example, our worldly renown writer Aslı Erdpğan still can’t leave the country. Aslı Erdoğan, who received the Princess Margaret prize, a prize that is given to international artists, can’t attend the ceremony held by the European Culture Foundation on May 9th, since her passport is confiscated.
Aslı Erdoğan wasn’t able to attend Tucholsky Prize Ceremony back in November for the same reason. This nonsensical ban should cease immediately; the ban on online encyclopedia Wikipedia should also be lifted. The government doesn’t have the right to push Turkey into a dark tunnel. Turkey doesn’t deserve this scenery in which the hatred against information, art and enlightenment has risen to dramatically under the AKP government.”