I think the Foundation and the chapters *must* make a statement that decisively contradicts the reason of the block: That Wikipedia supports terrorism. There could be further texts in the statement which stresses our principle of neutrality and our goal to spread knowledge, but the first and most important statement is to contradict the accusation.

Ah some times I miss Jay, he would immediately recognize how important it is to make such a statement. When national newspapers and broadcasts are referring (I just heard the one in Deutschland Funk http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/dlf24-startseite.1441.de.html ) this event, there should be not only the accusation but always also a reaction.

Greetings

Ting


Am 29.04.2017 um 10:43 schrieb Itzik - Wikimedia Israel:
Hey,

FYI -  sad news from Turkish.



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Date: Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 11:42 AM
Subject: [PRESS] Turkish authorities block Wikipedia
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39754909

Reuters just published that a 15 minutes ago, so it will be soon all over
the news.


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*Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online
encyclopaedia Wikipedia, one of the world's most popular websites.*

It was not initially clear why the ban had been imposed.
The Turkey Blocks group said the site was inaccessible from 08:00 (05:00
GMT) by order of the Turkish authorities.
People in the capital Istanbul were unable to access any Wikipedia pages
without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
"After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the Law Nr.
5651, an administrative measure has been taken for this website," Turkey's
Information and Communication Technologies Authority was quoted as saying.
No reason was given.
Turkey Blocks and Turkish media, including the Hurriyet Daily News, said
the provisional order would need to be backed by a full court ruling in the
next few days.

Social media was in uproar as news of the ban emerged, with some users
speculating that it might be a bid to suppress criticism on President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan's Wikipedia page.
Mr Erdogan narrowly won a controversial 16 April referendum on increasing
his powers, but the issue has deeply divided the country.
Turkey has temporarily blocked popular social media sites including
Facebook and Twitter in the past, especially in the wake of mass protests
or terror attacks.
The government has previously denied censoring the internet, blaming
outages on spikes in usage after major events.



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