Turkey has lifted the ban on social networking websites after they removed images of the slain Istanbul prosecutor from their respective platforms.
Turkey has lifted the ban on Facebook and Twitter following the social networking sites’ successful compliance with the court’s order to remove the pictures that showcased hostage prosecutor Mr. Mehmet Selim Kiraz being held at gun point by members of the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).
Turkish government is in talks with YouTube as they are trying to convince them to take down the pictures as well.
The removal of images was confirmed by senior Turkish official in a statement to Reuters where he stated:
“Twitter has agreed to shut down accounts and remove images relating to last week’s hostage-taking. The website will reopen to access very shortly.”
Before jumping on the social networking websites, Turkish government dealt with its own newspapers and stopped them from posting images.
The government accused the newspapers of disseminating terrorist propaganda for DHKP-C group that was reportedly involved in the attack on the courthouse.
The hostage (prosecutor) along with its two kidnappers was killed in the assault that took place last week. Some reports have stated that Mr. Kiraz was attacked because of the investigation that he headed in 2013 where a boy was killed during an anti-government protest.
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