Turkey lifts YouTube ban that followed court order on hostage photos

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 07, 2015 2:51 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has lifted a ban on YouTube that followed a court ordering the video-sharing service to remove images of a prosecutor held at gunpoint by far-left militants.

Both YouTube and popular micro-blogging site Twitter were inaccessible from Turkey for hours on Monday, with the ban on Twitter lifted late in the evening.

As of 0600 GMT, YouTube was also accessible.

The prosecutor seen in the pictures, Mehmet Selim Kiraz, was later killed in a shoot-out between his hostage takers and police last week.

A spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that a prosecutor had demanded the bans because some media organisations had acted "as if they were spreading terrorist propaganda" in sharing the images of the hostage-taking.

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Facebook said it had restricted access to some content as instructed and a company spokesman said it would appeal the order.

(Reporting by David Dolan; Editing by Louise Ireland)