Turkey's media watchdog issued 73 percent of broadcast interruption fines to the same four news broadcasters that are critical of the government, a report by non-governmental organization Transparency International revealed.
A party on the Istanbul Bosphorus was raided by police and 49 partygoers were fined a total of 154,350 Turkish Liras (over $20,000). The owners of the boat were detained for legal action.
Turkey Tradesmen and Artisans Confederation (TESK) sent a letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan containing eleven requests geared toward helping tradesmen and artisans who are struggling economically. TESK represents 2.5 million tradesman and artisans in Turkey.
Turkey's top banking authority received 33 percent more complaints in 2019, compared to the previous year. While majority of grievances were about personal loans, the second biggest topic of issues were debit and credit cards.
Some 13 Istanbul residents were fined over the weekend for disrupting traffic during celebrations for a young man going off to military service. One participant was detained by police for firing blank cartridges out of a car.
A recent draft bill by a group of deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) suggested increasing the cap on after-hour alcohol sale fines by three-fold. The drafted bill would allow sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. to be fined up to 320,000 liras.
The southeastern province of Gaziantep once again received almost half of all fines issued nationwide for violating the weekend curfew. A total of 5,108 fines were issued to individuals during the curfew, while 16 businesses were fined for operating during the curfew.
Turkey's law enforcement fined some 47,831 persons during the four-day curfew on and after Eid al-Fitr. Citizens flocked to the streets immediately after the lockdown ended at midnight on May 27, even creating traffic congestion in Istanbul.
Half of all fines issued nationwide for violating COVID-19 measures were located in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, the governor said May 14. The Gaziantep Governor's Office said that some 144.3 million liras' worth of fines were issued in the city since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Turkey’s Interior Ministry fined more than 35,000 persons for the four-day curfew that aimed to slow the spread of coronavirus. The ministry however said that over 63 million people had adhered to the rules, although they didn’t specify how this number was obtained.
Turkish officials have imposed an administrative fine on six people involved in a brawl for breaking social distancing rules within the scope of the new type of coronavirus measures.
Turkey's top communication technologies authority has fined two cell phone carriers and the country's top communications infrastructure carrier for shortages following the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Istanbul on Sept. 26, 2019. Turkcell and Vodafone were fined a little over two million Turkish Lira while Turk Telekom received two fines amounting to a total of nine million TL.