Turkey's prime ministry office has imposed a temporary blackout on coverage of the armed attack that occurred early Sunday in Istanbul, citing public order and national security reasons.
The order asks media organizations to refrain from broadcasting and publishing anything that may cause "fear in the public, panic and disorder and which may serve the aims of terrorist organizations."
The blackout includes: "moment of attack; aftermath of the attack and site of crime; public servants conducting their jobs; injured and dead… exaggerated analysis…analysis and anything related to the people suspected of involvement with the attack, their methods of transport and whereabouts".
This affects ALL coverage distributed inside Turkey.
Clients are advised to seek their own legal advice if they intend to transmit material already supplied by the AP and ongoing news coverage of this specific attack and its aftermath back into Turkey.
AP TELEVISION - NO ACCESS TURKEY
Istanbul - 1 January 2017
1. Various of police and ambulances at the scene
2. Various of man wearing a dark blanket on his shoulders being helped by others
4. Unidentified people walking past covering their faces
5. Police and ambulances
6. Various of unidentified people walking past, some covering their faces
7. Police and ambulances
8. Fire engine
9. Man in helmet crying, being hugged by another man
An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations, killing at least 35 people and wounding 40 others in what the province's governor described as a terror attack.
Governor Vasip Sahin said the attacker, armed with a long-barreled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian outside the club shortly at around 1:45 am Sunday before entering and firing on people partying inside. He did not say who may have carried out the attack.
Police in riot gear and machine guns backed up by armoured vehicles blocked the area close to the Reina night club, one of the most popular night spots in Istanbul.