Turkey is a country known for online censorship and the latest victim of censorship this Saturday was Wikipedia.
Turkish users are used to websites being blocked, often on a whim. Social media sites such as Twitter and video streaming site YouTube usually find themselves feeling the brunt of Turkish censorship but on Saturday the internet encyclopedia found itself blocked.
Monitoring site Turkeyblocks.org which reports on inaccessible websites in the country confirmed all language versions of Wikipedia including both the encrypted and unencrypted editions of the website were inaccessible.
The block was found to be in effect across all major ISPs including Uydunet, Turkcell and more fixed line and mobile operators.
The good news is it’s still possible to access Wikipedia in Turkey with the help of a VPN.
How to access Wikipedia in Turkey
Turkish internet users and those travelling in the country interested in accessing Wikipedia and other blocked services will need to make use of a VPN service.
A VPN disguises what you do on the internet using encryption and passes it to a location outside of Turkey which is outside the remit of the block.
Just follow the simple steps below to access Wikipedia in Turkey:
Christopher has been using the internet since 1994 and has a keen interest in privacy & security with a particular passion for encouraging VPN use. When not delving into the online world he enjoys globe trotting, breaking a sweat in the gym and photography.