Update on lifting the block of Wikipedia in Turkey


Benh LIEU SONG, CC BY-SA 3.0.

An important update has been released regarding petition that the Wikimedia Foundation filed with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in May to lift the more than two-year block of Wikipedia in Turkey.

Many petitions brought before the ECHR are not granted a hearing by the Court, and, even when the hearing is granted, the process of reaching a resolution can take years. The Foundation understood these considerations when we filed the petition, but was hopeful that the Court would recognize the public importance of the case.

The ECHR has acted extremely quickly in this case. On July 2, the Court responded to the petition by giving the case “priority treatment”, and sending official correspondence to the Foundation and to Turkish authorities with notification of this designation. The Government of Turkey now has until October 24 to respond by submitting their own observations on the case to the Court. We feel this is a clear indication that the case is being taken seriously.

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The block was ruled unconstitutional!

Here’s the Mail by Katherine Maher on the mailing lists:
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2019-December/094045.html

And some press reactions:
Turkey’s top court says Wikipedia ban is violation of rights by Hürriyet Daily News
Wikipedia ban: Top court calls for Turkey to lift block by BBC
Turkey’s Ban on Wikipedia Is Unconstitutional, Court Says by the New York Times
TĂĽrkisches Verfassungsgericht ordnet Ende der Wikipedia-Sperre an auf Spiegel Online

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Note that this ruling was by the Constitutional Court of Turkey; the ECHR case is independent and could, in theory, go on (although there might be no point to pursuing it further now).

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