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Borat fans upgrade hero's online status to President of Kazakhstan

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Monday November 6, 2006

London- The English-language edition of internet encyclopedia Wikipedia has banned contributions to its Kazakhstan page after fans of Borat named the fictional reporter President of Kazakhstan, British press reports said Monday. The film Borat, starring British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, topped the US box office during its launch over the weekend.

The alterations to the site said the country's motto is "High Five" and the national anthem opening line was changed to read: "Kazakhstan greatest country in the world. All other countries are run by little girls."

The Kazakh Intelligence Services section was altered to include: "Since the Kuraczev reforms of 1978, woman can travel on inside of bus."

Wikipedia normally allows free editing of more than five million articles - but they have banned users from contributing to the Kazakhstan page.

It had previously locked entries on politicians, such as US President George W Bush, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, to stop similar abuse, the Sun newspaper said.

Wikipedia said false entries were usually spotted and corrected within minutes by other users.

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