Wikipedia files lawsuit against Turkey in ECHR

7 Jun 2019

Wikipedia has filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights, to lift the ban on all language versions of Wikipedia, in place since April of 2017 as an 'administrative measure', which Wikipedia has been fighting for two years. Wikimedia  Foundation (the nonprofit organisation which runs Wikipedia) said in a statement: 'We are taking this action as part of our continued commitment to knowledge and freedom of expression as fundamental rights for every person'. The topic is mentioned in discussions of Turkey's bid for EU membership.

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Several international instruments guarantee the right to freedom of expression. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that this right includes the freedom to hold opinion without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas. The Internet, with the opportunity it offers people to express themselves, is seen as an enabler of the exercise of this particular human right. Although these freedoms are guaranteed in global instruments and in national constitutions, in some countries freedom of expression is often curtailed through online censorship or filtering mechanisms, imposed by states, often for political reasons.


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