The Turkish government agency in charge of internet technologies blocked access to Wikipedia on Saturday, without giving a specific reason for the decision.
The ban was imposed after “technical analysis and legal consideration,” the Information and Communication Technologies Authority said, without citing any violation of Turkish law. The agency didn’t respond to calls placed outside regular business hours.
Internet users early Saturday began reporting problems trying to reach the site, the ubiquitous online encyclopedia that provides free access and lets users edit its content. The closure coincides with mounting Western criticism of an erosion of basic liberties in Turkey. A Council of Europe body, the parliamentary assembly, put Turkey on its watch list this month, saying a crackdown on government opponents compromised human rights and the rule of law.
Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said Turkey’s decision to block access to Wikipedia is “really worrying” and the censure and detentions related to a failed 2016 coup …