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Turkey Bans Media From Publishing Information on Istanbul Explosion

© REUTERS / OsmanOrsalPolice secure the area after an explosion in central Istanbul, Turkey January 12, 2016
Police secure the area after an explosion in central Istanbul, Turkey January 12, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The ban on the distribution of information in Tuskish media on explosion in Istanbul will affect all kinds of news, interviews, analyses and other article formats in the printed press, on television, on the radio, via social networks and on the Internet, according to local media.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Turkish authorities introduced a gag order on the media on Tuesday to restrict the dissemination of information about the explosion that shook Istanbul earlier that day, local media reported.

Policemen secure the historic Sultanahmet district, which is popular with tourists, as ambulances arrive after an explosion in Istanbul, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The ban on the distribution of information will affect all kinds of news, interviews, analyses and other article formats in the printed press, on television, on the radio, via social networks and on the Internet, Anadolu news agency reported.

The decision will take effect immediately, once all Turkish media outlets have been officially notified by Ankara, according to the agency.

At least 10 people died and 15 were injured in an explosion in Istanbul’s historical center earlier on Tuesday, according to local authorities.

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