Turkey has threatened to block access to Twitter within the country unless the social networking service blocks the account of BirGun, a daily newspaper which posted leaked documents related to a military police raid on a Turkish Intelligence Agency convoy, according to the New York Times.
The threat came in the wake of a court ruling that barred media outlets from reporting on the raid, citing interference with an ongoing inquiry as well as national security concerns.
Although Twitter, as well as other social networks like Facebook and Google Plus, complied with the court order by removing individual posts, it refused to block the account of the newspaper, which continued posting new messages.
“Out of the almost 60,000 tweets on the account, Twitter withheld access in Turkey to the small number of tweets that discussed the national security issue referenced in the order,” said a Twitter spokesperson, adding that the company will work diligently to keep its service available in the country.
While the country's opposition is claiming that the intelligence agency’s convoy was carrying weapons for extremists fighting the Syrian regime, the Turkish government has said that the trucks were carrying humanitarian aid for the Turkmen minority in Syria, who had been stranded in the conflict since 2011.
This isn't the first time Turkey has targeted Twitter; back in March last year the country blocked the service after it was used to share links to a YouTube video that accused the government of corruption. However, the service was unblocked a couple of weeks later.