Turkey to unblock Wikipedia after its requirements satisfied - media

 Turkey to unblock Wikipedia after its requirements satisfied - media

The Turkish authorities may unblock online encyclopedia Wikipedia if it deletes the content portraying the country as a sponsor of terrorism and agrees to pay local taxes, Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Ahmet Arslan said.

"One should not show Turkey as a country that supports terrorism, this biased attitude damages the country and its reputation abroad. The editors at Wikipedia did not upload the texts we sent, did not delete the wrong content. That is why the decision was made to block access… But if Wikipedia amends mistakes and uploads corrects information, we will allow access," the minister told the NTV broadcaster.

Arslan added that Wikipedia should open an office in Turkey and start paying taxes as it was profiting from its activities in the country, Sputnik reported.

The Turkish Information and Communication Technology Authority had been blocking wikipedia.org since April 29 in accordance with the national Law 5651 regulating Internet communications.

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