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Turkey Lifts Restrictions on the Social Media

Turkey Lifted restrictions on the Social Media on 6th April, 2015, after the sites agreed to comply with a court order to stop propagating the images of a prosecutor that was held at the gunpoint. As for now, the ban on Facebook and Twitter has been lifted, and the talks with YouTube are going on.

Turkey had blocked the access to Twitter, Facebook and You Tube over the publication of the Image of a Turkish prosecutor, who were killed by the leftist militants during a hostage confrontation.

The officials described the images of the Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz as an act of ‘anti-government propaganda”. Prior to imposing Sanctions to the Sites, the Turkish authorities had started crackdown on the newspapers preventing them from printing the images.

The Government dubbed these images as an act of terrorist propaganda for the DHKP-C group that was supposedly behind the attack. Turkey, the European Union and US consider this group as a terrorist group.

The Turkish Government seems to be quite sensitive, when it comes to the Social Media Platforms. It imposes ban, even on frivolous grounds. Last year, the government had denied access to twitter and You Tube to its public, citing local elections as reason.  Then Prime Minister, now President Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan had opined that the Twitter is useless, and it is a menace to the society.

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