The Limited Times

Now you can see non-English news...

Turkish Supreme Court: Blocking Access to Wikipedia Violates Freedom of Expression - Walla! news

2019-12-27T14:23:17.432Z

The Constitutional Court said the decision, which remains enforceable since 2017, is contrary to the Constitution. The ruling is supposed to be implemented immediately, but recently, courts in lower courts have delayed judgments of ...



Supreme in Turkey: Blocking access to Wikipedia violates freedom of expression

The Constitutional Court said the decision, which remains enforceable since 2017, is contrary to the Constitution. The ruling is supposed to be implemented immediately, but recently, lower courts have delayed Supreme Court rulings. The site was blocked following articles that violated "national security"

Supreme in Turkey: Blocking access to Wikipedia violates freedom of expression

Photo: Reuters, Edit: Lear Spiegeler

Turkey's Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that blocking access to the Wikipedia site, which has existed for more than two years, violates freedom of expression. The ruling paves the way for the site's blocking, which has been implemented since 2017 due to values ​​that the government claims are linked to terrorist organizations. The official website of the Constitutional Court states that blocking the site "violated freedom of expression, which is enshrined in Article 26 of the Constitution."

The Wikipedia Foundation, the organization that hosts Wikipedia, has petitioned the Turkish Supreme Court to appeal the blockade. "One of the saddest things is this: We have expressed every possible means since the blocking began that the process is illegal," wrote Guntz Gurkink on Twitter, a lawyer representing Wikimedia. "Still, the issue was dragged on by petitions to the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights and we had to fight on this issue for years."

According to Yaman Akadniz, a lawyer who petitioned the court as a Wikipedia user, the ruling was passed by a majority of ten judges against six.

Denies intervention in the justice system. Erdogan, yesterday (Photo: AP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a speech to his party members, December 26, 2019 (Photo: AP)

Turkey blocked Wikipedia in April 2017 when the country's media regulatory body used a law that allowed it to prohibit access to sites that were considered blatant or threatened by national security. The Constitutional Court needs to send a letter to the regulatory body to have the obstruction removed.

Acadnez said similar rulings in the past were implemented within 24 hours. However, he said there have recently been cases where lower court courts have not immediately implemented the Constitutional Court's decisions, even though they have no right to do so. He added that the entries leading to Wikipedia darkness in Turkey will not be removed and remain available.

In recent years, a heated debate over the independence of the Turkish judiciary has been held, in light of claims that they are subject to the influence of politicians. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party deny this, claiming that the judiciary makes its decisions independently.

More in Walla! NEWS More in Walla! NEWS

Wikipedia has been disabled in Turkey; Anti-censorship activists: The government is responsible

To the full article

Source: walla

You may like

Life/Entertain 2019-12-27T09:59:11.562Z
Life/Entertain 2019-12-27T09:14:11.717Z
News/Politics 2019-12-26T14:47:16.965Z

Trends 24h

News/Politics 2020-03-28T20:42:24.454Z
News/Politics 2020-03-29T04:21:48.285Z
News/Politics 2020-03-28T14:39:47.438Z

Latest

news 2020/03/29    

© Communities 2019 - Privacy