Turkey revokes ban on twitter, Facebook after anti-government propaganda image removed

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Ankara, April 7: Turkey has revoked a ban put in place on social media sites like twitter and Facebook for sharing images of a prosecutor being held at gunpoint while talks with You Tube is going on, media reported.

The ban was imposed on Monday.

Ban on social media revoked in Turkey

The decision to revoke ban was taken after Twitter and Facebook comply with a court order to stop sharing images of a prosecutor being held at gunpoint, BBC reported on Monday.

Two gunmen, reportedly from a far-left group, took the prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz hostage at an Istanbul courthouse last week. All three died during a police rescue bid.

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The images of prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz was described as "anti-government propaganda" by the Turkish authorities.

Before imposing the blocks on the websites, Turkish authorities had moved to stop newspapers printing the images.

The newspapers were accused by the government of disseminating "terrorist propaganda" for the DHKP-C group that was reportedly behind the attack on the courthouse. The DHKP-C is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the European Union and US.

Istanbul prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz died from his wounds last Tuesday after security forces stormed the office where members of the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) had taken him hostage.

His two captors were also killed.

Kiraz was apparently taken hostage because he headed an investigation into the 2013 death of a boy during anti-government protests.

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