by Martijn on 25/08/2015 | Consumption Cultivation

Russia boycotts Wikipedia over hash

Russia is taking Chinese censure-like measurements. Because of a Wikipedia page about hash, the Russian government ordered internet providers to block all Russian Wikipedia pages.


Russia is taking Chinese censure-like measurements. Because of a Wikipedia page about hash, the Russian government ordered internet providers to block all Russian Wikipedia pages.

Charas
Charas

The Russian government is particularly against the detailed explanation of how to make your own charas, a specific type of hash. This triggered the Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor to take action. On Friday the 21st of August 2015 they issued Wikimedia, the company behind Wikipedia, with a warning threatening to block Wikipedia if the page was not altered or removed.

Wikimedia responded that they were not responsible for the content, Russian users being the ones to publish, expand and edit articles on Wikipedia. “Censorship of Wikipedia content runs contrary to the Wikimedia vision: a world in which everyone can freely access the sum of all knowledge”, says the non-profit organization in a reaction to TechCrunch.

The Wikipedia editors made some small changes to the article to ensure a better fit to their standards on ‘neutrality and reliability’ including links to the right sources. This has however not stopped the government from taking action.

It is not the first time that Russia threatens Wikipedia to boycott their service. In 2013, a similar case had taken place, also related to an article about cannabis.

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