Erdogan Blocks Wikipedia, Bans TV Dating Shows, Purges Another 4,000 Public Officials

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Two weeks after winning the Turkish constitutional referendum by a modest but decisive margin, president - or perhaps it is now despot - Erdogan decided to take his newly decreed powers for a spin and overnight in rapid succession surprised foreign observers when Turkey decreed that it would ban TV dating shows, fire an additional 4,000 public officials and also ban Wikipedia.

The country's Official Gazette published the decrees on Saturday evening. The first named thousands of civil servants to be dismissed, including nearly 500 academics and more than 1,000 Turkish military personnel. The decree also reinstated 236 people to their jobs. The second decree, among other things, bans radio and television programs for "finding friends and spouses" according to AP.

The latest purge follows more than 47,000 people have been arrested and 100,000 have been terminated for alleged connections to terror organizations, and takes place with Turkey under a state of emergency resulting from last summer's failed "coup" attempt which Erdogan blamed on the "shadow state" directed by the cleric Fethullah Gulen, who currently resides in rural Pennsylvania.

Erdogan's decree also banned several popular TV dating shows, a move that reportedly had been in the worls for months. 

"In radio and television broadcasting services, such programmes in which people are introduced to find a friend.... cannot be permitted," said the text of the decree.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said in March that the ban was in the pipeline, arguing the shows do not fit in with Turkish traditions and customs.


"There are some strange programmes that would scrap the institution of family, take away its nobility and sanctity," Kurtulmus said at the time.

Some see in this decree the first traces of Turkey sliding back away from the secular state, established less than a century ago by the creator of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and toward conservative Islam under Erdogan. However, AKP supporters have responded that dating shows receive thousands of complaints every year and the ban is in the public interest.

Separately, Turkey also said it had blocked all access to Wikipedia; the country's Information and Communication Technologies Authority implemented the ban against the online encyclopedia because Wikipedia "had failed to remove content promoting terror and accusing Turkey of cooperation with various terror groups" according to AFP. "There was no indication when the ban might be removed, with a formal court order expected to follow in the coming days."

In response to the news, Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales tweeted that "access to information is a fundamental human right. Turkish people, I will always stand with you to fight for this right."

In an ironic twist, AFP notes that the incident quickly spawned its own separate Wikipedia entry, "Wikipedia blocked in Turkey." This is what it says:

On the morning of 29 April 2017, following news from Turkey Blocks that all language versions of Wikipedia had been blocked in Turkey, several reports were published of the event. The BBC reported that the Turkish authorities had blocked all access to Wikipedia in the country from 8.00 GMT. No reason was given by Turkey's Information and Communication Technologies Authority which simply stated: ""After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the Law Nr. 5651 [governing the internet], an administrative measure has been taken for this website." Voice of America reported that Turkish media had explained the blockage was a result of "terror-related content". NDTV said that the move had caused strong reactions on the social media against the decision to deny access to "one of the world's most popular websites".


Law No. 5651, known as the Internet Act (IA), was enacted on 4 May 2007. The purpose of this law has been described by the PTC as follows: "There are 2 reasons for the law to be brought out. The first reason; determining the liability and the responsibility of collective use providers, access providers, location providers and content providers which are the main actors of the Internet. The other reason is to determine the procedures and fundamentals related to the specific crimes committed over the Internet and fighting these through content, location and access providers." More recently, the law has been used to censor individuals, journalists and the media. The European Council's Venice Commission has found the law to be particularly controversial.


Now Wikipedia is readable but not editable with FreeWiki by in Turkey

Over the past several years, Turkey has repeatedly blocked - so far on a temporary basis - popular websites such as Facebook and Twitter, usually shortly after major events such as mass protests or terror attacks take place.

With Erdogan now having what is effectively absolute power, it is likely that many more shutdowns, this time permament, of popular social networks and media outlets are in Turkey's immediate future, especially as Erdogan is likely poised to coalesce even more power. As the following AFP chart shows, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been virtually unopposed in 12 successive elections, as well as referendums, since president Erdogan he came to power in 2002.

Which is to be expected with Europe constantly turning a blind eye to Erdogan's transgressions due to his strategic location at the nexus between Asia and Europe. In the past two years, Erdogan's leverage has only grown as there are now over 2 million Syrian refugees held inside Turkey's borders, which could be deployed in direction Europe, any time Brussels, or Berlin, engages in any activity that Erdogan disproves of. Which also explains how Erdogan managed to accumulate virtually supreme power while all of Turkey's "democratic" peers and neighbors looked the other way.

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earleflorida's picture

erdogan is right about 'one' thing,... and, that is wikipedia is a propaganda tool for the deep state.

its a quick ref. site... but, critical researching should be held to ones accountiblity.

Jimmy Wales = Wikipedia = Rockefeller Foundation     'BSG'

and in this small-subset on, and in the 'map/web' of wikipedia associates is 'BSG' whom associate with 'Apple And Intel' for --- i don't know?

maybe someone can guess...


. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

"...access to information is a fundamental human right."

Should read,

"...biased access to information is a fundamental human right."

Wikipedia, good for short factoids, bad for anything explained or described.

N0TME's picture

Can anyone say "DICTATOR", I knew you could.

cossack55's picture

I knew Dick Tater, and you sir, are no Dick Tater

Manthong's picture

that pretend muslim is more of a dick taster

MiddleLeg's picture

Erdogan must go! He's imprisoning his own people!



Bopper09's picture

I like the idea of banning dating teevee shows

monad's picture

Well, at least he's honest. And, unlike some other pricks, he's able to balance his budget.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Well, at least he's honest."

I have never heard of Erdogan described as honest

monad's picture

I explained the CFR to a Chinese guest. He said "That's just like China!" ...

napper's picture

Well, that Chinese guest obviously understands neither China nor the CFR.

Schlub's picture

"I don't know Chuck (Wolery)... Things seemed to be going fine, and then he got all despotic."

silverer's picture

"Purges Another 4,000 Public Officials"

Erdogan for president.

kenzo7's picture

Banned Wiki is just a beginnig.

Anderson Coopers Gerbil's picture

Behead those who mock the prophet!

khnum's picture

That knocking sound is Attaturks skull against his coffin lid

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"That knocking sound is Attaturks skull against his coffin lid"

You got that right. Hes rolling in his grave

xrxs's picture

No question this is exactly what he didn't want to see. In the past, the military has been the check, but it seems the sultan has them under his boot.

FORCE's picture


RagaMuffin's picture


<< Bomb Turkey just because....

<< Bomb Syria Just because...

HRClinton's picture

Do you offer any other places in that region, worth bombing, just because? 

DIgnified's picture

If pol is to be believed, someone replaced Erdogans photo with that of a cockroach; which led to butthurt. 

Vageling's picture

So? Erdoboy being Erdoboy and his Turks like it. Well not in Turkey, but abroad mostly. Moar Jihate. Any shock here? We are seeing this. And do nothing. But North Korea, eh? Muh nukie missre. Now that needs our attention! idiots. 

debtor of last resort's picture

Hey Merkel, you fucking cunt, how about that little issue of Turkey joining the EU?

And what about those rapefugee billions you handed out to this motherfucker? Huh? Taxpayer money? Get it back or build that wall you treasonous cunt.

BarkingCat's picture

I'm starting to like this guy

montag's picture

I suspect he's attempting to clean up the value degrading western influences while simultaneously purging the government of the last vestiges of the CIA aligned Gulen operatives. Interesting in all this is that it apparently Gen. Flynn was paid $535,000 for alerting Erdogan to this operation.  Fascinating stuff and more proof that you cannot trust anything you read or watch on controlled media.

BarkingCat's picture

Interesting perspective.

You are probably correct on what is going on.

While I don't want to live in a Islamic society and they are an invading force that conqued that region, it is up to them to mold their own society.


rkoen's picture

All underwear must now be worn on the outside !!

Ala Woody Allen come to real life.

Dilluminati's picture


Still looks like Gollum.

B1G mNy's picture

Maybe before knocking? off fatboy in North Korea we should take a look Erdogan. I mean banning Wikipedia? is one thing but banning dating shows... Get rid of this fool! LOL

Vageling's picture

Grandpa won't do great. He wants his 9 yr old bride. Gotz to ban them prying eyes now, no? 

newworldorder's picture

Erdogan and Turkey are almost members of the EU. Has anyone asked him what he will agitate for, if granted full membership? Perhaps Muslim EU Dictator?

Vageling's picture

Truth be told. These Eurocrat losers were forced to actually consider this! Yup they... THOUGHT... all would be well. Now they contemplate. Fuck off Ghordo with your pom poms. They actually have to admit they lost and take a stance to the sultan. Very major major, bigly, sensitive to these idiots. Muh tiny dick.... 

earleflorida's picture

i would suppose that the speed of europes islamization on steroids and burka's, the eu will offer the sultan a seat in the community of democracy.

what say you?

Vageling's picture

Jizyah is some Joo scam! 

Says it all, no?

fjcruiserdxb's picture

You are mistaken newworldorder. Turkey only had the support of Cameron in the UK until he realised the Greeks were pouring vast quantity  of money into the London property market. He promptly changed his mind. Turkey is light years away from joining the EU. Erdogan is busy rebuilding the Ottoman Empire. He has zero interest in EU. The EU is the enemy.

Nightjar's picture

I'm starting to like this guy.

SmittyinLA's picture

The EU Caliph of course supports these actions and nobody will protest, the only question for the EU is Saudi Arabian or Iranian

Flounder's picture

The USA needs to immediately remove all military from Turkey and for that matter all islamic countries.  Let them kill each other.  If they step outside their borders pick them off.  Who the fuck wants to go to Riyadh, Istanbul, Damascas, Cairo, Bahrain, Kabul, Tehran, etc.

Beans's picture

Huh? But how would that benefit Israel?

napper's picture

quote: "Who the fuck wants to go to Riyadh, Istanbul, Damascas, Cairo, Bahrain, Kabul, Tehran, etc."


Answer: the Establishment and its private enforcers - the US military.

robertocarlos's picture

You can't ban The Dating Game. That's a 70s classic.

Vageling's picture

And hwy haven't noone hanged the SOB yet? Before he died? The dating game? No wonder everybody walks around like a zombie with their smartphone in hand. Dating game V6.8! 

Cuzs talking to a female... Booo! Or something fucked up like that. Apps are NOT real conversations... She might bite in real live ones. And? 

HRClinton's picture

They could replace it with the 

Wailing game

Ululating game

Haggling game 


Ed Jobb's picture


- Wikipedia - Booo!

- TV dating shows - Yay!

Purge 4000 public sevants - Yay, crtwheel, cheer etc.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Erdogan: Fuck youse Democratic Elections... Fuck youse assholes!! Fuck NATO & Death to America!