Turkey’s top court set to rule on Wikipedia ban

Turkey’s Constitutional Court is set to convene on September 11 to discuss Wikipedia, which has been banned in the country for over two years.

If the court decides that the ongoing ban on the online encyclopaedia constitutes a violation of freedom of expression, the block on the site will be lifted, independent news site Diken reported on Friday.

Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) announced the ban on Wikipedia in April of 2017, citing a law that allows the organisation to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security.

Opposition and critics have accused Ankara of curtailing freedom of speech and other basic rights as part of a crackdown following the July 2016 coup attempt.  

Turkey has temporarily blocked social media sties, including Facebook and Twitter in the past, following terrorists attacks and protests.

The European Court of Human Right (ECHR) last month gave Turkey until the end of October to present evidence that a ban on Wikipedia is in line with European human rights standards, 

Over 300,000 articles had been published in Turkish on the Wikipedia site prior to the ban.