Turkish court threatens to block Google if the hostage photos not removed from search results [Updated]

google-screenA Turkish court has ruled that access to Google in Turkey must be blocked should the site does not remove from the search results the visual content pertaining to the killing of a Turkish public prosecutor last week.

A publication ban has been introduced by the authorities shortly after the incident where Public Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz was taken hostage and killed during a rescue operation.

The demand for the removal of the hostage photos came from the Bureau of Terror and Organized Crime under Istanbul Republic Prosecutor General, reported Al Jazeera Turk. Istanbul 6th Criminal Court of Peace has accordingly ruled to impose the ban on the site should it does not remove the content subject to complaint within 4 hours following the communication of this court decision to the company.

Update: The court decision applies to YouTube, too. Al Jazeera Turk reports the decision has been communicated to the Service Providers Association for the execution.

The court said in the ruling, “The pictures pertaining to the hostage taking can still be found on Google”. The blocking is expected to take place at around 01:30 AM Istanbul (EEST) time.

Update 2: There is still no blocking imposed on Google by early morning.

To be continued…

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