Turkey has blocked access to Twitter and YouTube over the publication of photographs of an Istanbul prosecutor held at gunpoint by far-left militants hours before he was killed in a shootout last week, officials said.
Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said a prosecutor had sought the block on access to social media sites because some media organizations had acted "as if they were spreading terrorist propaganda" in sharing the images.
This has to do with the publishing of the prosecutor's picture. What happened in the aftermath (of the prosecutor's killing) is as grim as the incident itself.
The demand from the prosecutor's office is that this image not be used anywhere in electronic platforms.
Istanbul prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz died from his wounds last Tuesday after security forces stormed the office where members of the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) had taken him hostage.
The DHKP-C had published a picture of Kiraz with a gun to his head and said it would kill him unless its demands were met.
"A request has been made to both Twitter and YouTube for the removal of the images and posts but they have not accepted it and no response has been given. That's why this decision has been taken through a court in Istanbul," a senior Turkish official told Reuters.
Twitter and YouTube could not immediately be reached for comment.
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I have always maintained the Boys in Blue have far better things to do than police Twitter.
But instead of argument, reasoned debate, discussion or avoidance, we now dial the cop shop every time we feel offended online.
Since when did telling teacher ever solve an argument in the playground?
The freedom to say only things that are polite is no real freedom of speech at all.
Hopkins' column does not appear in the Scottish Sun.
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