Ankara court issues broadcast ban over slain Russian ambassador

An Ankara court on Dec. 26 issued a temporary broadcast ban on media coverage on news related to the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov who was gunned down on Dec. 19 in Ankara, according to a judicial source, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Ankara’s 7th Court of Peace declared the media ban upon a request from the constitutional crimes investigation bureau of the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

The court declared the broadcast ban would continue until the completion of the police investigation.
The ban includes footages from the time of the attack and afterwards, and news related to suspects believed to have links to the incident.

Karlov died after being shot multiple times at an art exhibition in Ankara. He was delivering a speech when 22-year-old Turkish policeman, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, opened fire. Altıntaş was later gunned down after an exchange of fire with security personnel.

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