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Turkish authorities blocked 166 websites including Facebook, Twitter

ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities has blocked social media sits Twitter, Facebook and YouTube after sites published photos of a prosecutor who had been taken hostage with a gun to his head last week.

According to reports, Turkish prosecutor has sought a ban on social media sites after the publication last week of images of a fellow prosecutor being held at gun point by far-left militants..

“This has to do with the publishing of the prosecutor’s picture. What happened in the aftermath (of the prosecutor’s killing) is as grim as the incident itself,” presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said.

A total of 166 websites that published the photo of the prosecutor, who was eventually killed in a raid to free him, were ordered by a Turkish court to be blocked, Hurriyet reported.

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