14:35 Apr. 15, 2016
Turkish authorities are authorised to close media without prior notification
On April 15, Turkey's Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TiB) confirmed that they banned the site of the Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik.
This was reported by Sputnik's Turkish editor-in-chief Tural Kerimov, according to RIA Novosti.
"The blocking of our website has been confirmed this morning (April 15). According to TiB, under the law, they are not obliged to provide a prior notification about the site closure. To get more detailed information, we have to submit an official request, which we are doing in the meantime", Karimov said.
Sputnik's website was shut down in Turkey on Thursday evening (April 14). When readers try to enter the site, the warning message pops up.
"Following technical inspection and legal assessment as well as in accordance with legislation, Turkey's Telecommunications Communication Presidency applied administrative measures against his site (sputniknews.com)", the message reads.