After nearly two and a half years, Wikipedia appears to be coming back online in Turkey. The popular online encyclopedia was accused the site of running a “smear campaign” against it.after the Turkish government
Late last year the Constitutional Court of Turkey, the country’s highest court, ruled that the order was unconstitutional paving the way for this week’s reappearance which happened to coincide with Wikipedia’s 19th birthday.
Turkey had previously bannedand , both of which were similarly lifted by the Constitutional Court. In 2018 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also threatened to .
“We are thrilled to be reunited with the people of Turkey,” said Katherine Maher, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation which runs Wikipedia, in a blog post announcing that it was coming back online in the country.
“At Wikimedia we are committed to protecting everyone’s fundamental right to access information. We are excited to share this important moment with our Turkish contributor community on behalf of knowledge-seekers everywhere.”