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2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
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dateline: 03 May 2017

Turkey Blocks Wikipedia

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

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.

5 Comments on Turkey Blocks Wikipedia

  1. Junior says:

    Dear Tara,

    Thank you so much for your help. .. i’m study English alone.. i’m from Brazil. English still so poor , but I really wish to improve in here..your texts helps me so much… thank you

  2. Alberto says:

    I think that it is essencial to allow governments to ban the means fo communication. Information must be free and everybody has the right to know.
    If a government does it, we should be worried about it.

  3. Tara Benwell says:

    I’m glad you like this level, Bijan. Keep up the great studying!

  4. Bijan says:

    Dear Tara,

    It is nearly two weeks that you present the easy news reports. They are very understandable. The texts and the words are easy and short.

    If you continue the news reports in this level, I will be very happy.

    Thanks in advance and best wishes,

  5. Bijan says:

    Dear Tara,

    Thank you for your nice voice.
    Best wishes,

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