May 15 2018

Turkish web censorship hits six figures

At least 100,000 individual pieces of content on the internet have been banned so far in Turkey, Faruk Bildirici wrote for Hürriyet Daily News.

“Since December 2017, nearly 100,000 addresses were made unreachable,” Bildirici said.

“Considering that 2018 is not even included in these numbers, the fact that more than 100,000 items of content have been removed from the Internet so far shows us the severity of the situation and the extent of the threat faced by digital journalism in Turkey.”

Just one of those 100,000 items of content is the website Wikipedia, which presently contains 45 million pages of content inaccessible to Turkish citizens without the use of software designed to evade censorship.