Twitter and YouTube Blocked in Turkey Over Pictures of Hostage-Taking

Turkey blocked entry to Twitter and YouTube on Monday after they refused a request to take away pictures of an Istanbul prosecutor held at gunpoint by far-left militants, taken hours earlier than the prosecutor was killed in a shootout final week, officers stated.

Fb stated it had complied with a Turkish courtroom order requiring it to limit entry to some content material or face a block on its service. An organization spokesman stated it might attraction the order. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin stated a prosecutor had demanded the block on entry to the social media websites as a result of some media organizations had acted "as in the event that they have been spreading terrorist propaganda" in sharing the pictures of the hostage-taking.

"This has to do with the publishing of the prosecutor’s image. What occurred within the aftermath (of the prosecutor’s killing) is as grim because the incident itself," Kalin stated. "The demand from the prosecutor’s workplace is that this picture not be used anyplace in digital platforms," he informed a information convention in Ankara.

Istanbul prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz died from his wounds final Tuesday after safety forces stormed the workplace the place members of the far-left Revolutionary Individuals’s Liberation Social gathering-Entrance (DHKP-C) had taken him hostage. His two captors have been additionally killed.

Google stated it was working to revive service to the YouTube video-sharing website, which it owns. Twitter additionally stated it was working to revive entry for its customers.

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— Reuters

First revealed April 6 2015, eight:forty four AM