Turkey's media watchdog launched an investigation into pro-government news broadcaster Akit TV for a typo that is said to be "disrespecting the Turkish Republic and Atatürk." The broadcaster misspelled the name of Atatürk's resting place in a way that meant "bray-tomb."
RTÜK head Ebubekir Şahin was appointed to Halkbank board membership after resigning from TÜRKSAT board membership and will receive multiple salaries as a result. "I asked the general manager of Halkbank about what kind of benefit they're expecting from Şahin, who doesn't know anything about economics or finance. They didn't respond," CHP deputy Atila Sertel said.
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.
Turkey's media watchdog banned Turkish pop singer Sıla's music video as the lyrics of the song tell a former lover to "light up a cigarette," which the Radio and Television High Council said encourages smoking. The investigation into the video was prompted by a complaint to the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.
Turkey's media watchdog issued a five-day blackout to two news broadcasters that are critical of the government. Both broadcasters will lose their licenses if they receive another broadcast interruption fine.
Turkey's media watchdog announced that they launched an investigation into an online news broadcaster for a host's comments about Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II's harsh policies toward the time's progressives. The TV host recalled the sultan's sentencing of a past counsel to death, and his policies toward contemporary authors.
A member of Turkey’s media watchdog council said that the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) attempts at manipulating the news cycle no longer worked. The councilman noted that Ankara’s media outlets are ineffective as there is a dramatic gap between their narrative and the reality of the citizens’ lives.
Turkey’s media watchdog head backtracks on earlier remarks, says death threats on TV are ‘unacceptable’
RTÜK head Ebubekir Şahin has backtracked from his earlier remarks on the unnecessity of fining a pro-government channel over an Islamist commentator's remarks on her family's “capability” to kill at least 50 people if a new coup attempt is undertaken in Turkey, saying that the remarks are "unacceptable." No one should doubt that the RTÜK will do what's necessary in line with its founding objectives," Şahin said on May 18 following backlash.
Turkey's media watchdog RTÜK head Ebubekir Şahin has refused to fine the pro-government Ülke TV channel over Islamist commentator Sevda Noyan's remarks on her family's “capability” to kill at least 50 people if a new coup attempt is undertaken in Turkey. "If a penalty will be given, it should not be one that makes coup lovers and praisers happy," Şahin said. "We're not in a position to sentence the statements made against those who praise a coup," he added.
Turkey’s media watchdog penalized a program on the opposition news broadcaster Halk TV with a five-time broadcast cancellation and a monetary fine over on-air comments of the main opposition CHP's Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu. "In the upcoming period, I see a change of the ruling power with an early election or in another way, even a system change," Kaftancıoğlu had said on Halk TV's "Sözüm Var" program on April 30.
Netflix has removed an episode of “Designated Survivor,” in which a fictitious Turkish president is portrayed as a villain, from its service in Turkey following a demand by the Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK). The episode in question, the seventh one of season two, is still available on Netflix in all other countries.
The head of Turkey's media watchdog has thanked the staff of locally-made TV series and shows for making "sacrifices for citizens” by continuing to shoot their episodes. Ebubekir Şahin's comments come amid the cancellation and postponements of several TV series around the world amid the coronavirus epidemic.