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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales explains 24-hour shutdown

17 January 2012 Last updated at 17:01 GMT

The English version of Wikipedia will go offline for 24 hours on Wednesday, in protest at proposed anti-piracy laws in the US.

The encyclopedia's founder, Jimmy Wales, is opposing the "Stop Online Piracy Act" that is being debated in Congress.

He told Radio 5 live's Tony Livesey the anti-piracy law would be a form of censorship.

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