Stop the blockage of Wikipedia by the Turkish Government
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We, Turkish academics working in the UK, the USA or Turkey, and who are Members of the Academy of Science of Turkey, are appalled by the blockage of access to Wikipedia across Turkey, when millions of youngsters, citizens and academics worldwide, rely on such tools for readily available information and data for learning, for their school work, daily discussions and debates, and for access to useful pointers to scientifically established theories or facts.
Disruption of free access to information not only prevents Turkish academics, scholars, students and businesses from finding and using the information that they need for their core activities, but more fundamentally it violates the rights of Turkish citizens to access and debate information.
Beyond the ban on Wikipedia, we are gravely concerned that Turkey has recently been on a path towards censorship, unfree media and disappearing freedom of speech. No modern country, and certainly no country aspiring to be a democracy, can survive without open access to information and freedom of expression.
We call upon the Turkish Government to support freedom of expression and promptly reverse this very ill-advised measure.
Erol Gelenbe (Imperial College London, UK), Daron Acemoglu (MIT), Mete Atatüre (University of Cambridge, UK), Atac Imamoglu (ETH, Switzerland), Timur Kuran (Duke University, USA), Ayşe Öncü (Sabancı Üniversity, Turkey), Tamer Özsu (University of Waterloo, Canada), Dani Rodrik (Harvard University, USA)
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