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The Italian Wikipedia (In Italian: Wikipedia in Italiano) is the Italian-language edition of Wikipedia. This edition was started in January, 2002 and has over Expression error: Unexpected < operator. articles.[1] It is currently the 8th largest edition by article count.[2]

2011 mass blanking protest

From October 4 to October 6, 2011, all pages on the Italian Wikipedia project were redirected to this one-page Manifesto.

Volunteers on the Italian Wikipedia decided they did not like a proposed law[3] before the Italian Parliament. The proposal was from October 4 to October 6 2011. During this time, all of the site's articles were hidden. Wikipedia's administrators blocked the website[4] which was being debated at the time in the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian parliament.[5]

This was the first time that a Wikipedia had blanked all its content to protest.[6][7][8] The Wikimedia Foundation released a statement on October 4. The Foundation Board officially supported the short closing of Italian Wikipedia.[5] In October 2011, the manifesto, which replaced the Italian Wikipedia, had been viewed approximately 19 million times.[9] On October 6, 2011, the website content was put back. Wikipedia added a banner across the top of each page explaining the reason for the protest.[10]

Italian newspaper Il Tempo journalist Alberto Di Majo described the closure of the Italian-language Wikipedia as an "unexpected merit" of the proposed law.[11] Some people questioned whether a non-profit United States foundation should try to change laws written in Italy.[12]


  1. Statistics at Italian Wikipedia
  2. "List of Wikipedias". Meta-Wiki. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved January 4, 2021. 
  3. paragraph 29 of the DDL intercettazioni (Wiretapping Bill)
  4. "Camera dei Deputati: disegno di legge N. 1415-B" (in Italian). Camera dei Deputati. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Wikimedia blog » Blog Archive » Regarding recent events on Italian Wikipedia". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  6. Official announcement (English version); permanent link:
  7. "Intercettazioni, Wikipedia protesta – Homepage in bianco: "Inaccettabile ddl"" (in Italian). la Repubblica. October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011. ()
  8. "Wikipedia Hides Italian Language Edition to Protest New Law | PCWorld Business Center". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  9. "Wikipedia article traffic statistics". Retrieved 2013-07-19. ()
  11. Wikipedia protesta? Meglio, c'è la Treccani Archived 2011-11-07 at the Wayback Machine - Il Tempo, October 5, 2011 (in Italian)
  12. Ngo, Don (October 4, 2011). "Italian-language Wikipedia hidden, may shut down". Cnet. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 

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