According to a copy of the ruling published by the RTUK broadcasting authority in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, the ban was made "for the security of Turkish citizens." 49 Turks were taken, including three children. The kidnappings at the consulate happened only a day after 31 Turkish truck drivers were also seized by ISIS militants.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is known for media bans. In March he blocked YouTube and Twitter throughout the country only days before important local elections.