Turkey/Netherlands: The website of the Dutch public service broadcaster NOS is blocked by Turkey. Turkish official say it is because NOS has published a video of the assassination of the Russian ambassador to the country. Dutch politicians are calling it censorship and NOS are refusing to remove the video.
NOS (Nederlandse Omroep Stichting) is one of the broadcasting organizations making up the Netherlands Public Broadcasting system. It has a special statutory obligation to make news and sports programmes for the three Dutch public television channels and the Dutch public radio services.
The NOS.nl website was blocked on 19 December, but Turkish officials did not admit to thus until 30 December, reports Radio.nl. The video of ambassador Karlov being killed was initially shared through the EBU network by Turkish broadcaster TRT. They have since been embargoed from using the video in Turkey.
Since NOS.nl published the video, it has gone viral – also in Turkey. On the back of this popularity, and the ban on reporting the murder by Turkish authorities, NOS.nl was blocked. Turkey is refusing to reopen access to NOS.nl until the video has been removed.
Commenting on the decision to block access to NOS.nl, chief editor of NOS, Marcel Gelauff, says it will not remove the video.
– Blocking our website is very regrettable. There is no reason to remove the video from our site and app.
The Dutch Foreign Ministry has lodged a complaint with Turkey and MP’s are calling it censorship.