With the move, Turkey joins the Chinese government as two of the only nations to completely block access to Wikipedia.
Since a failed coup attempt last July, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has steadily tightened controls over Turkish media both traditional and online.
The government has also cracked down on dissidents in the country. Picking up a story from the Associated Press, Canada’s Globe and Mail is reporting that at least 4,000 civil servants have been expelled from their posts as a result of a recent decree from the Erdogan government. So far, 47,000 people have been arrested and 100,000 purged for alleged connections to terror organizations.
Tensions in Turkey have been running even higher since a recent referendum on the fate of the Turkish political system. That election saw a small majority of the country grant sweeping new powers to Erdogan, who has been ruling largely by Presidential decree since the July coup, according to reports.