Croatian Official Slams Anti-Gay Wikipedia Edits

9.17.2013

By Out.com Editors

'Croatian pupils and students have been wronged by this,' said government minister of homophobic edits.

Croatian internet trolls have been systematically editing homophobia LGBT-related Wikipedia pages in the Central European country. The same-sex marriage page, for example, was rewritten to read "same-sex marriage is an oxymoron and cannot logically exist." Any articles in praise of equality have also been erased, according to Gay Star News and the Croatian news outlet Novilist.

The situation, which is now being regulated by Wikipedia administrators, has gotten so bad that Željko Jovanović, the Minister of Science, Education and Sports, is now urging citizens to use Wikipedia's English-language site instead of the one in their native language.

"The idea of openness and relevance as a knowledge source that Wikipedia could and should represent has been completely discredited," he said. "Croatian pupils and students have been wronged by this, so we have to warn them, unfortunately, that a large part of the content of the Croatian version of Wikipedia is not only dubious but also [contains] obvious forgeries, and therefore we invite them to use more reliable sources of information, which include Wikipedia in English and in other major languages of the world."

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