Wikimedia projects censorships

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This page aims to list all ongoing and past Internet censorships that are affect(ing/ed/ive?) to any Wikimedia Foundation wiki projects.


An ongoing story may be found in English (en:Blocking_of_Wikipedia_in_mainland_China) and Chinese (zh:中国大陆封锁维基媒体事件).

See also: October 2005 Chinese Wikipedia block effects on edit count

Opinion at the WSISEdit

The argument that Jimbo put forward in his talk in Tunis at the World Summit on the Information Society can be summarized as follows:

1. Wikipedia is neither critical nor supportive of the Chinese government. We are not a website for dissidents nor for government supporters. We are neutral. NPOV is non-negotiable. It is impossible to portray Wikipedia as anti-Chinese government unless the Chinese government wants to argue that neutral information is anti-Chinese government, and I don't think that's what they intend to say at all.

2. It isn't *just* that Chinese people cannot read any of Wikipedia, most of which is not about political or sensitive topics at all. It is that Chinese people are unable to *express* their views and culture in the Chinese Wikipedia or English Wikipedia or anywhere else, so long as Wikipedia is blocked. Since, I am told, the Chinese wikipedians tend to have more of a "mainland" view of things, as compared to Chinese living in Taiwan or Hong Kong, the ironic effect of the Chinese censorship is to censor the mainland perspective on world affairs.

It is fine to criticize the Chinese government for censorship of criticism. But my argument was not about that at all, since we are not critics of the Chinese government. My argument was that censoring Wikipedia in China is ironically censoring *the rest of the world* from hearing the voice of the Chinese people.

European Union countriesEdit

See also: European Commission copyright consultation

Middle east, Central and South Asia and AfricaEdit



An ongoing story may be found in English (en:2017 block of Wikipedia in Turkey).

See also: Response to 2017 ban in Turkey, WMF update August 2017.

Users wen't down about 80 %, see monthly unique devices.


It has been confirmed that the biggest ISP provider in Venezuela, CANTV, has blocked all Wikipedias, all Spanish and Calatan other Wikimedia Projects, and blocking the usage of Spanish interface in other projects, to countermeasure sanctions from United States governments, and to protest supporters of "Guaidó temporary government" which is living in Colombia and Brazil border area with Venezuela. Also per some statements from IP users, even in cases that they may use other Wikimedia projects with English interface, under a special setting from CANTV, their IP address (and even ranges) are most likely neither from Venezuela nor from United States. [1][2][3]

  1. "Venezuela’s crisis of political legitimacy has rocked Wikipedia — and might have led to its blocking · Global Voices". Global Voices. 2019-01-15. Retrieved 2019-01-21. 
  2. "Wikipedia blocked in Venezuela as internet controls tighten". NetBlocks (in en-US). 2019-01-12. Retrieved 2019-01-13. 
  3. "Venezuela Blocks Wikipedia After Maduro ‘Ousted’ From Article, Internet Watchdog Says". Haaretz. 2019-01-13. Retrieved 2019-01-13.