AKP Old Guard’s oppressive statements on women and their glorification of the family at the expense of women no longer sit well with the young conservatives, particularly women.
Turkish gov’t determined to continue negotiations with Twitter for appointment of local representative
Turkey's ruling AKP has said that it is determined to continue negotiations with Twitter until the social media platform agrees to maintain a local representative in the country, as is required with the new social media regulation law. “I believe that both sides will solve the issue with a win-win approach,” AKP deputy chair Mahir Ünal said.
Netflix has refuted claims that it will end its operations in Turkey. "We're proud of the talented individuals that we're working with. We're very excited for our projects that are currently at the process of production and that will begin shooting soon," Netflix said. "We look forward to share these stories with our members all around the world," it added.
More regulation has traditionally been in conflict with the basic principles of the freedom of speech in Turkey, and if the opposition is lured into supporting this new initiative, they will likely participate in the closure of a big part of the communication space, including its own.
Earlier this week, the Turkish management of the clothing chain LC Waikiki banned LGBTQI+ symbols on their products and displays—or even anything that might be confused as an LGBTQI+ symbol. LC Waikiki’s memo comes as hate speech against LGBTQI+ people surges across Turkey. As LGBTQI+ issues grow more visible, the reaction is ever more vehement.
Ruling AKP deputy chair Mahir Ünal has said that the Turkish Netflix series 'Love 101' had initially planned to feature a gay character called “Osman.” Although the AKP deputy chair did not explicitly say why the scenario was changed at the last minute, his remarks were interpreted as the government having imposed a censorship on the show.
The ruling AKP has announced that it ended its "green dot" social media campaign. The move came after the trend quickly turned into a wave of threats targeting female journalists and politicians.
The ruling AKP government and social media platforms have a love-hate relationship. The AKP loves using social media tools to spread its own narrative and propaganda, but they are highly disturbed that opposition voices can be so loud on the very same platforms.
The ruling AKP's deputy chair in charge of media affairs has resigned from his post after saying on a live TV program that the party "cooperated" with the Gülen network "to liquidate the putschists." “If the AKP linked arms with the FETÖ in the past in the bureaucracy, it did this to liquidate the putschists,” Emre Cemil Ayvalı said on June 10.