Jim Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has clarified that he or his editing team did not ban Qatar from from editing any entry in the wiki pages. The statement came following the media reports claiming Wikipedia imposed censorship on the entire country of Qatar in order to curb spam and vandalisms caused by Qatar's IP address.
Coming down heavily on such reports, Jim strongly reacted at User Talk, “If you came here from a news headline saying that Wikipedia has banned all of Qatar, please pop right back over there and post in the comments that the story is not true. This IP number was temporarily blocked for less than 12 hours, and a block of an entire nation would go absolutely against Wikipedia policy.In all language Wikipedias, such an action would require a series of administrative processes, and would never ever be undertaken lightly, nor without extensive attempts at direct negotiation with the ISP and/or nation in question.To any and all reporters, from Slashdot, TechCrunch, mainstream media, etc.: You may email me and ask me for my personal cellphone number, which I will answer 24 hours a day to confirm or disconfirm any such story of this type”.
Qtel (Qatar Telecom) is the sole communications service provider in Qatar. It has a single IP address (18.104.22.168), which is being used by the entire country.