A court in Ankara has imposed press censorship on the reporting related to the October 10 terror attacks in Ankara.
The bombings that left 97 dead and hundreds injured, has risen all levels of suspicion as it has some of the signs that are typical of a false-flag event.
The ban, by court order, to report on the bombing investigation covers “all kinds of news, interviews, reviews and the like in print, visual, social networks and all types of media on the Internet”.
Wednesday’s ban has an immediate effect and adds to another ban 12 which prohibits lawyers from obtaining information and documents of the summary of the event, with some exceptions. The same happened with the attacks in Suruç and Diyarbakir.
After the attack in Ankara censorship of images of the attack prevailed and Twitter was suspended temporarily, while seven television stations considered critical of the government have been shut down indefinitely.
The Supreme Council of Radio and Television, the Turkish regulator, has asked the Digiturk, the digital platform, to provide written explanations for the censorship.
The leader of the Kemalist opposition party CHP, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, wrote on Twiter that “censoring seven TV channels just three weeks before the election is a black stain on our democracy. If the CHP governs the media censorship will be over.” Kiliçdaroglu canceled all subscriptions to Digiturk at his party headquarters.
In addition two internet platforms stopped broadcasting the images of the seven channels mentioned by the order of Ankara against what the prosecutor says are suspected supporters of terrorist organizations. The ban also states that the prohibition affects TV channels with children-oriented programming.
Four channels, Bugün TV, Kanalturk, Samanyolu TV and Shaber have been accused by the government of serving the interests of Fethullah Gulen, a suppsoed declared sworn enemy of President Racep Tayyip Erdogan.
Samanyolu TV channel, Zaman and Today’s Zaman belong to the international media network movement directed by Gülen from the US and are labeled as Islamist and conservative.
The director of Today’s Zaman, Bülent Keneç, was arrested on Saturday, the day of the attack, accused of insulting President Erdogan in a series of tweets. Keneç was released on Wednesday.
Censorship has been getting increasingly common in Turkey. Between 2010 and 2014 the government imposed 150 vetoes on the media so that it could not report on cases of corruption, mining disasters and even football match-fixing.
The government of Turkey has arrested and judged several journalists for what it considers to be the commission of crimes. Many websites were blocked in the process.