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Why China’s WIPO Blocking of the Wikimedia Foundation and its Chapters Can Impact Access to Online Speech

Experts discuss what China’s move to block Wikimedia Foundation from WIPO means for free access to online information and how it relates to copyright laws

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Two weeks ago, the Chinese delegation at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) rejected seven Wikimedia chapters from being accredited as Permanent Observers. The countries supporting China’s decision reportedly include Tajikistan, Pakistan, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Kyrgyzstan, Bolivia, Russia, Iran, and Algeria. With this decision, the Wikimedia chapters of France, Argentina, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland do not…

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