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Turkey: Social media sites restored after blanket blocking.


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Turkey: Social media sites restored after blanket blocking.

Access was restored to social media sites Facebook, Twitter and YouTube last night (Monday 6 April), after being blocked for much of that day. A Turkish court ordered the blocking of the sites for 'national security' reasons, after a photograph of a prosecutor with a gun to his head was widely circulated on social media. The hostage takers released the photo after the prosecutor was taken hostage last week; the prosecutor was subsequently killed in a gunfight during the rescue operation. Facebook immediately complied with the Turkish court order and removed the photograph, while Twitter and YouTube initially resisted the order, causing them to be blocked for most of the day, until they complied. The judge said in his order that certain websites were engaging in 'terrorist propaganda'.


By Article 19, UK.


Human rights Policy Resource.