A report by the US-based Freedom House that advocates political and civil liberties downgraded Turkey from “Partly Free” to “Not Free.”
The internet should be free and open for everyone, governments and companies should not regulate or censor the internet in any way, but sadly they are.
Turkey keeps Wikipedia banned
Turkish authorities blocked online access to all language editions of the online wiki encyclopedia known as Wikipedia throughout Turkey, on 29 April 2017.
The country is still keeping the site banned, even after many accusations by protesters that the Turkish government is “killing” the human rights and freedoms.
The following video shows feminists protest against Erdogan, saying “Erdogan, human rights killer!”
Warning: The following video contains explicit graphic content & nudity.
Turkey has previously, and on multiple occasions, blocked most popular websites and social media networks such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
Users in the country can access the encyclopedia through virtual private networks, pirate and mirror websites, some of which have also been blocked.
A ban on YouTube in 2008 over videos allegedly insulting the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, lasted for two-and-a-half-years.
With it’s recent actions, Turkey has successfully entered the countries in the “Not Free” list. Let’s hope that this will change soon, the world is meant to go forward, not backwards.
We also need to mention that the Turkish government is controlling all the media, from TV to radio. President Tayyip Erdoğan has arrested hundreds of journalists, closed or taken over dozens of media outlets, and prevented journalists and their families from traveling.