Turkey Lifts Social Media Block After Removal Of The Controversial Images
Turkey has lifted ban from Facebook and Twitter after the social media sites complied with court orders. However, YouTube is still banned as the negotiations haven’t reached any conclusion yet.
“Twitter has agreed to shut down accounts and remove images relating to last week’s hostage-taking. The web site will reopen to access very shortly,” the senior official told Reuters.
According to sources, Turkey imposed social media restrictions after images of a prosecutor held hostage in Istanbul courthouse got viral on the Internet. Both of the terrorists who took hostage were eventually killed by the police during rescue attack.
The stand-off continued for couple of hours between Turkish police and suspected members of far-left group named DHKP-C. This group is considered a militant wing by Turkey, United States and the European Union. The prosecutor was took to the hospital but could not survive death.
Turkey believed that spreading images of deceased prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz, was a “anti-government propaganda.” This stance led the government to block social media sites. The Turkish government didn’t confine these restrictions to social media but reached print media too. They tried to stop couple of newspapers from printing these images.
The Turkish authorities accused these newspapers of promoting “terrorist propaganda” of the involved militant group. According to few reports, the slain prosecutor was held hostage because had judged an investigation about a boy’s death happened during an anti-government protests.
In the images, the militants could be seen pointing a gun to Kiraz’s head. Because of this image, “the wife and children of prosecutor Kiraz have been deeply upset. The images are everywhere,” a Turkish officer said.