Wikipedia for prisoners – an unexpected partnership between a swiss prison and 
Wikimedia CH

Following an initiative from Emmanuel Engelhart, with the support of Wikimedia 
CH CAO, Chantal Ebongué, since March 2013, prisoners who request can have an 
access to Wikipedia offline (Kiwix project). The idea is to stimulate or to 
support the interest for education of prisoners who were, for a large majority, 
condemned to long-time sentences.
After three months of pilot phasis, the project is successful : Among the 36 
prisoners of the Bellevue’s prison in Gorgier, 18 possess or rent a computer. 
All of them requested the upload of Wikipedia offline on their PC. For security 
reasons, swiss prisoners have a very restricted access to internet.
More informations in the press releases (ENG, DE, FR, IT) that was sent today 
to the swiss media

Charles ANDRES, Chairman
"Wikimedia CH" – Association for the advancement of free knowledge –
Office +41 (0)21 340 66 20
Skype: charles.andres.wmch

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