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Wikipedia in Italiano
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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 1 million articles.[1] It is currently the 4th largest edition by article count.

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[2] 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[3] which was being debated at the time in the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian parliament.[4]

This was the first time that a Wikipedia had blanked all its content to protest.[5][6][7] The Wikimedia Foundation released a statement on October 4. The Foundation Board officially supported the short closing of Italian Wikipedia.[4] In October 2011, the manifesto, which replaced the Italian Wikipedia, had been viewed approximately 19 million times.[8] 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.[9]

Italian newspaper Il Tempo journalist Alberto Di Majo described the closure of the Italian-language Wikipedia as an "unexpected merit" of the proposed law.[10] Some people questioned whether a non-profit United States foundation should try to change laws written in Italy.[11]


  1. "Speciale:Statistiche" (in Italian). Italian Wikipedia. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  2. paragraph 29 of the DDL intercettazioni (Wiretapping Bill)
  3. "Camera dei Deputati: disegno di legge N. 1415-B" (in Italian). Camera dei Deputati. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Wikimedia blog » Blog Archive » Regarding recent events on Italian Wikipedia". Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  5. Official announcement (English version); permanent link:
  6. "Intercettazioni, Wikipedia protesta – Homepage in bianco: "Inaccettabile ddl"" (in Italian). la Repubblica. October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011. (Archived at WebCite)
  7. "Wikipedia Hides Italian Language Edition to Protest New Law | PCWorld Business Center". Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  8. "Wikipedia article traffic statistics". Retrieved 2013-07-19. (Archived at WebCite)
  10. Wikipedia protesta? Meglio, c'è la Treccani - Il Tempo, October 5, 2011 (in Italian)
  11. Ngo, Don (October 4, 2011). "Italian-language Wikipedia hidden, may shut down". Cnet. Retrieved November 19, 2011.

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