Court rejects Wikipedia appeal over ban in Turkey

Court rejects Wikipedia appeal over ban in Turkey

A court has rejected an appeal filed by Wikipedia against a ban in Turkey on its website.

Turkish authorities blocked access to the free online encyclopedia on April 29, on the grounds that it was "acting with groups conducting a smear campaign against Turkey".

Turkish media reports said a court in Ankara ordered the ban after Wikipedia refused to remove two pages that claimed that Turkey provided support to jihadis in Syria.

Wikipedia filed an appeal against the ban earlier this week.

The court ruled that freedom of expression can be "restricted in certain situations", the state-run Anadolu Agency said.

The court also said the pages' content amounted to "unfair attacks".

The telecommunications authority has said the ban will stay in place until the pages are removed.

AP

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