Turkish authorities block websites that have the Charlie Hedbo’s front page

Turkish authorities block websites that have the Charlie Hedbo’s front page

Ankara, January 14, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Manolis Kostidis

Press freedom in Turkey continues to take blows. The court of Diyarbakir, decided to ban access to websites that published today the front page of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was released today in France. Based on this decision, Turkish authorities will block access to all websites that publish the sketch of Muhammad, which is on front page of the French magazine.

On Tuesday night, police had stopped the distribution trucks of the turkish press to perform checks on the issue of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, which had announced that it will publish some of the sketches of Charlie Hebdo. The investigation was conducted without the prosecutor’s order and when it was found that in the issue of the newspaper there is a sketch of Muhammad, trucks continued distribution throughout Turkey.