Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the country’s ban on Wikipedia violates freedom of expression,media reported. Following the ruling, the Wikimedia Foundation said Internet service providers had begun to resume access to the site. Wikipedia was first blocked in the country in April 2017, allegedly because Wikipedia would not delete pages that said the Turkish government had worked with THE Islamic State and al-Qaeda in Syria.
Commenting on Wikipedia’s release, Catherine Maher, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be reunited with the Turkish people. At Wikipedia, we are committed to protecting everyone’s fundamental right to access information. We are pleased to share this important moment with our Community of Turkish Contributors on behalf of the seekers around the world. “
It is unclear whether the Turkish government will look for another way to block access to the site in the future. But the Wikimedia Foundation said it was reviewing the full text of Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruling and would continue to advocate for freedom of expression in Turkey and around the world. It also appears to be making public its petition to the European Court of Human Rights.