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Extra! Turkey And The Big Social Media Blackout

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Cumhuriyet, April 7, 2015

"Half Democracy," Tuesday's front page of Turkey's center-left daily Cumhuriyetreads, after the government imposed a nationwide ban on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook Monday. The accompanying picture depicts a man divided between "CENSORSHIP" and "VIOLENCE."

Turkish authorities have now lifted the ban, which had been implemented in an attempt to prevent the circulation of photographs of Mehmet Selim Kiraz, the prosecutor who was killed March 31 after being held hostage by members of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, a far-left terrorist organization.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Cumhuriyet ("The Republic") is a Turkish daily newspaper founded in 1924 by journalist Yunus Nadi Abalioglu. Based in Istanbul, it also has offices in Ankara and Izmir.

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