Turkish Court Refuses to Lift Wikipedia Ban

Turkish Court Refuses to Lift Wikipedia BanTurkish Court Refuses to Lift Wikipedia Ban

A Turkish court on Friday rejected an appeal by the Wikimedia Foundation against the nearly weeklong blocking of access in Turkey to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, state media said.

The first magistrates’ court in Ankara threw out the appeal filed earlier this week by the Wikimedia Foundation, which owns the domain name for Wikipedia, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.

The ban had been imposed on Saturday by Turkey's Information and Communication Technologies Authority and had remained in place after being backed up by a court order earlier this week.

Turkish officials have said that the ban was needed, as Wikipedia had failed to remove content deemed to be false from its pages that linked Turkey with terror groups.

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