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The state-run TRT2 censored the word ‘sex’ in a segment of dialogue of an episode of the Swedish/Danish TV show Bron/Broen, film critic Tunca Arslan pointed out in a tweet on July 14. 

Arslan wrote that TRT2 changed the line “since we had sex we can be seen together in public” to “since we slept together we can be seen together in public.” 

TRT2 is the culture and arts channel of Turkey’s state broadcaster. 

“It is a mystery why they would buy and bring to the screen a show where they have chopped up all of the ‘explicit scenes’ with a butcher’s knife,” Arslan said.

Television censorship has soared in Turkey under the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, and channels have been fined by the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) for content that is deemed unsuitable.