Thank for sharing the wonderful news Amanda! Welcome back Turkey!!


On Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 11:51 PM Amanda Keton <> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> My name is Amanda Keton, the new General Counsel at the Wikimedia
> Foundation. While Katherine is inflight traveling back from a busy week of
> community meetings in Chile, I wanted to share the exciting news that
> today, we have started to receive reports that the block of Wikipedia in
> Turkey is being lifted, data which is also indicated by our internal
> traffic reports. After more than two and a half years, access to Wikipedia
> has been restored in Turkey - and on a timely occasion, as we celebrate
> Wikipedia’s 19th birthday today!
> Please join me in welcoming back our friends and colleagues from Turkey.
> While many have remained active during the block, restoring access to
> Wikipedia will allow thousands more to return in the days and weeks ahead.
> It is our shared responsibility and honor to help make them feel welcome
> again and make sure they know how much we missed them. I am confident that
> our community will successfully welcome them back with open arms. I know we
> have community members around the world who have been eagerly looking
> forward to the block being lifted and brainstorming activities to
> celebrate, and I welcome them to share their ideas as we move forward.
> Our case in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is also still
> pending, and remains important even in light of the unblock as a way to
> continue advocating for strong protections for free expression online. We
> will continue to post updates about the next steps in our case before the
> ECHR on the Wikimedia Foundation website. We have also published a
> statement to reflect that access has now been restored in Turkey. [1]
> Thank you all for your efforts, kind words, and encouraging thoughts as we
> worked to restore access to Wikipedia in Turkey. I want to thank our
> Turkish community, in particular, for their patience, resolution, and
> continued participation in the movement during the more than two and a half
> years Wikipedia was inaccessible. This was a prolonged global effort, on
> behalf of free knowledge everywhere.
> Of course, there are other blocks around the world still in place, and our
> efforts in addressing this type of censorship of knowledge is far from
> over. That said, I hope all of you will celebrate this momentous
> accomplishment for free knowledge today and join me in welcoming back the
> people of Turkey to our projects, movement, and community.
> With gratitude,
> Amanda
> [1]
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