Access to all social networks banned in Turkey due to posting of prosecutors’ hostage  photo on the web

Access to all social networks banned in Turkey due to posting of prosecutors’ hostage  photo on the web

Ankara, April 6, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Manolis Kostidis

A universal ban on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook imposed the Turkish judiciary authorites due to the posting of pictures of the hostage situation involving prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz, who was killed last week by two members of the DHKP-C.

The two photos had been posted shortly after the start of the hostage situation by the terrorist organisation “Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front» (DHKP-C), which assumed the responsibility for the operation…

A prosecuting investigation has already began against newspapers, among which Hürriyet, that published photos of the prosecutor, who died from his injuries in a hospital in Istanbul after the hostage thriller of March 31 at the courthouse in Caglayan district.

During the police operation for the release of the prosecutor, the Turkish broadcasting council had forbidden television networks to broadcast direct images from the event. Turkish authorities regard the publication of photographs and announcements of terrorist organisations as “support to the propaganda of terrorism”.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had banned the entry of Hurriyet’s journalists at the funeral of prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz as the newspaper had published the photo of him being held hostage! “I take the responsibility for my decision”, the PM had said.