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Wikimedia Foundation urges Chinese authorities to lift block of Wikipedia in China

The Wikimedia Foundation has determined that Wikipedia is no longer accessible in the People’s Republic of China—impacting more than 1.3 billion readers, students, professionals, researchers, and more who can no longer access this resource or share their knowledge and achievements with the world. We have not received notice or any indication as to why this current block is occurring and why now.

Based on our internal traffic reports, Wikipedia is currently blocked across all language versions. Most other Wikimedia projects, such as Wikimedia Commons, a site that holds 53 million freely licensed media files, are still available. Wikipedia has been blocked intermittently in China dating back to 2004. Most recently, Chinese language Wikipedia has been blocked in China since June 2015, while most other language Wikipedias remained available until this action.

Open access to knowledge is a fundamental human right. Website blocks such as the one in China and the one imposed on Wikipedia for over two years in Turkey are violations of that right, and hinder the world’s ability to collect and share knowledge. When one country, region, or culture cannot join the global conversation on Wikipedia, the entire world is poorer.

We are committed to allowing everyone, everywhere to freely access, share, and participate in knowledge on Wikipedia. We regret the Chinese authorities’ decision to further limit internet freedom and urge them to restore access to Wikipedia.

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Minister Ahmet Arslan: Wikipedia is open for improvement by anyone around the world, and should be open for editors in Turkey

Communications Foundation From the archives

The Wikimedia Foundation is deeply concerned about recent statements attributed to the Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime, and Communications Ahmet Arslan from Friday, the 18th of May, regarding the block of Wikipedia in Turkey. The Minister’s comments seriously misrepresent Wikipedia’s open editing model and efforts undertaken by the Wikimedia Foundation to lift the block.

To address these concerns, the Wikimedia Foundation has issued the following letter to Minister Arslan. We are publishing this letter openly here to further address any public confusion surrounding the Minister’s comments.

For a year, the people of Turkey have not been able to learn from, share, or contribute knowledge on Wikipedia. Without participation from Turkey, the world suffers. We remain committed to restoring access to Wikipedia in full for the people of Turkey. #WeMissTurkey

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#WeMissTurkey: A year without Wikipedia in Turkey

Communications Community Foundation From the archives Wikipedia

April 2018 marks one year that Wikipedia has been blocked across all languages in Turkey.

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Wikimedia Foundation urges Turkish authorities to restore access to Wikipedia

Foundation From the archives Legal Technology Wikipedia

On Saturday, April 29, Wikipedia was blocked in Turkey. If it remains, this block will result in millions of people in Turkey losing access to free knowledge about their country and the world around them. We believe knowledge is a fundamental human right and urge the Turkish government to remove this block.

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