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Board orders broadcast ban after Istanbul suicide blast

Turkey's Supreme Board of Radio and Television says temporary ban includes live broadcasts from the blast scene and images of bodies

Hatice Kesgin   | 19.03.2016
Board orders broadcast ban after Istanbul suicide blast

Ankara

ANKARA

 Turkey's Supreme Board of Radio and Television has imposed a temporary ban on broadcasting pictures and video footage from the scene of Saturday’s suicide bomb blast on Istanbul’s Istiklal Street.

According to a statement from the board, the ban includes live broadcasts from the blast site, footage from the time the blast took place and afterwards, and showing images of bodies.

Istanbul’s Governor Vasip Sahin said that five people, including the suicide bomber, were killed in the blast, and 20 others were injured, two of them seriously.

Several fire-fighting trucks and ambulances were seen rushing towards the scene after the blast.

Security forces evacuated the area, while the street has been closed to traffic.

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