Ankara — The foundation that runs Wikipedia said on Thursday it had filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to lift Turkey’s two-year block on the website. Turkey blocked all access in April 2017 over entries the government said linked Turkish authorities to terrorist activities. Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit organisation, said the ECHR application follows attempts to lift the ban through local courts, speaking to Turkish officials and campaigns to put pressure on Ankara to allow access. “The Wikimedia Foundation has filed suit against Turkey in the court (ECHR),” Katherine Maher, executive director of the foundation, told reporters in a telephone briefing, a decision that she said was “not made lightly”. While lower Turkish courts upheld the ban, Turkey’s constitutional court has not given any response to the Wikipedia case in two years, Wikimedia said in a statement. The foundation sees the ban as a violation of rights including freedom of expression, g...

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