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dateline: 03 May 2017

Turkey Blocks Wikipedia

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • cite: to give a reason or source
  • smear campaign: the use of false information to discredit a person, organization, or group
  • obscene: dirty; offensive
  • ban: to prevent the use of something
  • let go: to tell someone they are no longer needed on the job; to fire
  • public servant: a person who works for the government; also called a civil servant

Turkey Blocks Wikipedia

Turkey has blocked all language of Wikipedia citing that the online encyclopedia is “running a smear campaign against the country”. attempting to use Wikipedia from a Turkish Internet provider have been from the site since the . Turkey has a law that allows it to block sites that are considered obscene or a threat to national security. On the weekend, Turkey also TV dating shows and let go approximately 4,000 public servants.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is this report mainly about?
  2. What reason did the government of Turkey give for this censorship?
  3. Why does the report mention dating?

Discussion Questions: Should a government have the right to censor the public from a website like Wikipedia? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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