Turkey blocks access to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, citing a law allowing it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security. Saskia O'Donoghue reports.
Turkish authorities blocking access to online encyclopedia Wikipedia Saturday, according to internet monitoring group Turkey Blocks. The move is the latest in what government critics say is a crackdown on free speech on the internet. The group says a block on all language editions of the Wikipedia website was detected on Saturday morning. When attempting to access the webpage using Turkish internet providers users received a notice the site couldn't be reached and a "connection timed out" error. Monitoring groups have previously accused Turkey of blocking access to social media, particularly in the aftermath of militant attacks. The government has denied that it blocks the internet, blaming outages on spikes in usage after major events. But technical experts at watchdog groups say the blackouts are intentional, aimed in part at stopping the spread of militant images and propaganda. President Erdogan won a referendum earlier this month, which gives him greater control than ever over Turkey and its people.