The European Court of Human Rights has chosen to expedite Wikimedia Foundation’s case to restore access to @Wikipedia in Turkey.
— Wikimedia (@Wikimedia) July 22, 2019
In an important step, the European Court of Human Rights has decided to give our case priority status, signaling its wider public importance and reinforcing our hope that a final decision could create new precedent on how information is shared online and states’ attempts to limit the free flow of information.
Today, the Wikimedia Foundation welcomes the news that our case brought before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to lift the block of Wikipedia in Turkey has been communicated to the Turkish Government and given priority status by the court, just two months after the case was filed with the court. Priority status is granted rarely and reserved for the most important, serious, and urgent cases before the court and signals the critical impact our case could have in curbing government censorship online.