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Social Media Ban in Turkey After Bomb Blasts in Ankara

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The world media was shocked on Saturday as news broke of yet another bombing at a peaceful protest rally in Turkey. In the wake of the attack the country, which sees a third day of national mourning in today, has imposed a broadcast ban on the coverage on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The bombing, which took place near Ankara's central station, has killed upwards of 95 people, with 300 injured. The protest march was organised in regards to hostilities between Kurdish militants and the state. No organisation has yet taken responsibility for the atrocious act.

Soon after the attack, a suspected suicide bombing, Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan issued a written request to the Radio and Television Supreme Council to impose a ban on distressing images and videos of the blast that may cause a "feeling of panic". He also warned of a "full blackout" if there is a lack of compliance.

Twitter released the following statement via its website: 

Users in the country have reported disrupted services to social media sites such as the ones mentioned above.

Turkey frequently controls its social media during sensitive events. Previously, in April of this year, the country restricted access to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook after a hostage siege in Istanbul. In the same month the country passed legislation allowing the government power to block websites without prior judicial authorisation, leading to allegations of censorship. As well as protesting about the growing hostile relations in the Muslim democracy, more and more people are beginning to air their objection to the growing restrictions of free speech.

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