[Wikimedia-l] Russian Wikipedia in blacklist trouble again

Everton Zanella Alvarenga everton.alvarenga at okfn.org
Wed May 8 18:55:54 UTC 2013

These days I just say this report

- Less than 14% of World Lives in Countries with Free Press

It would be interesting a global comparison on how these States with
less freedom deal with Wikipedia. We could have a page with a table of
countries where Wikipedia is partially/totally blocked, among other

I wonder how it will be when we begin to use Internet for real.


2013/5/8 Tomasz W. Kozlowski <tomasz at twkozlowski.net>:
> Hi all,
> I think it should be noted that the Russian Wikipedia is having more and
> more problems with the state-maintained Internet blacklist (an idea that
> they heavily opposed, and which made them go on strike last July).
> Apparently, the infamous "cannabis smoking" article was put back on the said
> blacklist two days ago (May 6)[1] due to a decision of the Federal Drug
> Control Service which doesn't like the current wording of the article. The
> blacklist now includes fifteen (15) articles related to drugs and suicide:
> thirteen (13) from the Russian, and two (2) from the English Wikipedia[2].
> This is the second time that the Russian Wikipedia is having trouble with
> the blacklist in the past 30 days, something that has unfortunately been
> missed over the DCRI controversy that occurred in the first days of April.
> <shameless promotion>
> For those of you who haven't heard of this yet, I prepared a short summary
> at <http://twkozlowski.net/roskomnadzor-strikes-back/>; the previous episode
> of the "Wikipedia vs. Roskomnadzor" story is described at
> <http://twkozlowski.net/wikipedia-censorship-attempts/>.
> </shameless promotion>
> I'm quite sure that it is a mere coincidence that the Russian and French
> controversies occurred around the same time, but it's nevertheless a bit
> worrying to have to watch our communities being forced to edit the contents
> of articles to please the authorities & take them off blacklists.
> == References ==
> * [1]
> <http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130507/181016379/Wikipedia-Cannabis-Article-Put-Back-on-Russian-Blacklist.html>
> * [2] http://tiny.cc/e7urww
>         -- Tomasz
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Everton Zanella Alvarenga (also Tom)
OKFN Brasil - Rede pelo Conhecimento Livre

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