Wikipedia co-founder barred from speaking at tech event in Istanbul

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has been taken off the list of speakers at a World Cities Expo event to be held in Istanbul mid-May.

In a written statement by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality on Tuesday it said Wales had been informed of the decision.

Turkish authorities blocked access to Wikipedia for a “smear campaign” against the country, alleging Ankara’s ties with terrorists, Turkey’s Ministry of Communications said Saturday.

Wales responded to the ban tweeting, “access to information is a fundamental human right. Turkish people I will always stand with you to fight for this right.”