The Ukrainian Wikipedia community is protesting against laws that go into effect on January 21 that criminalise criticism of government officials. In a protest banner message on its site, the community says that free speech on the internet needs to be protected.
The editors who run the site also announced a daily 30-minute strike from 4pm to 4.30pm on January 21. During that time, the Ukrainian pages of Wikipedia will not be available.
The new law allows the government to block websites that are engaged in the spread of extremist information, which is broadly defined. Any material that contains anti-government material and does not refer to official Ukrainian government websites can fall into these categories.
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