Turkey on Saturday banned television dating shows, adding to fears of a crackdown after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in a referendum on enhancing his powers.“In radio and television broadcasting services, such programs in which people are introduced to find a friend…. 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.
Residents in Istanbul were unable to access any pages of Wikipedia on Saturday morning without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), AFP correspondents said.
Reacting to the ban, Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales wrote on Twitter: “Access to information is a fundamental human right.
ISTANBUL - Turkey on Saturday blocked all access to Wikipedia and banned television dating shows, adding to fears of a crackdown after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory in a referendum on enhancing his powers.
But AKP supporters have said that dating shows receive thousands of complaints every year and the ban is in the public interest.
The government also dismissed almost 4,000 public officials in the latest purge under the over nine-month state of emergency that has followed last July’s failed coup, and has blocked access to Wikipedia in the country.