Online music streaming giant Spotify launched an application for an operation license in Turkey on Oct. 15, complying with the country's media watchdog. "Four hours before the 72-hour period elapsed, Spotify made an official application to RTÜK for a license," RTÜK council member from main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) İlhan Taşcı said in a tweet.
Turkey's Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) has imposed an administrative fine on Halk TV due to the use of the word "lan" in a sentence, which doesn't have a specific meaning, but is used as a rude conjunction, against MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli. According to RTÜK, these remarks against Bahçeli, a staunch ally of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan go beyond the extent of criticism.
Turkey's media watchdog has given 72 hours to several broadcasting corporations, including Spotify and FOXplay to make license applications and said that it will apply for access ban if they don't do so. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Mubi previously launched the process to obtain licenses.
Turkey’s media watchdog has imposed a monetary fine on opposition news broadcaster Halk TV over a discussion program in which a journalist criticized Azerbaijan. RTÜK said that the fine “was a message to the world” in terms of expressing Turkey's support for Azerbaijan.
Turkey's scriptwriters struggle with censorship to "protect family values" that ban sexuality, alcohol and smoking, but are forced to entertain much more questionable themes, writer Gül Abus said. "We wanted to have two single people have sex, and that wasn't allowed; but on the other hand we write about forbidden loves, like a married man falling in love with his daughter's friend," Abus said.
An audit by Turkey's Court of Accounts revealed that the Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) has been allocating illegal wages to members since 2012, and allowing members to use public funds for luxury trips abroad, daily BirGün reported on Oct. 6. While the illegal wages cost an extra 228,110 liras annually, members' trips abroad neared quarter of a million liras in 2019.
Turkey's Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) got into a brawl with an actor over a complaint from an 11-year-old viewer who said the actor's show "affected him a lot." After RTÜK shared the message on social media, the actor protested the council's reporting of his show to the public.
Netflix has removed the soon-to-be released French film “Cuties” from its Turkey catalogue upon the orders of the country's broadcasting watchdog RTÜK. Last week, in its first ruling related to a video-on-demand platform, RTÜK judged that the film contained exploitation and abuse and "might lead to potential child exploitation behaviour patterns emerging."
Turkey’s media watchdog RTÜK has ordered Netflix to remove the French-made feature film Cuties on grounds that it contains images of child exploitation. The plot of "Cuties" centres on an 11-year-old Muslim girl who "starts to rebel against her conservative family's traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew," according to Netflix.
Turkey's media watchdog RTÜK has slapped opposition TV station Tele1 with a five-day black screen broadcast ban over statements critical of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) and Ottoman Sultan Abuldhamit II. Opposition leaders have slammed RTÜK for its move, saying that this is an "attack on free press and people's freedom of information."
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."
Turkey's media watchdog RTÜK has fined TELE1 TV channel for broadcasting an advertisement of daily Evrensel in which a little girl is seen holding a piece of cloth in the colors of yellow, red and green. Turkish authorities associate these colors, which are traditional Kurdish colors, with the PKK.
The Family, Labor and Social Services Ministry has applied to Turkey's media watchdog for it to adopt "necessary measures" against a new Netflix movie called Cuties, which is at the center of controversy for "sexualizing children." In a statement, the ministry said that the movie might make children "vulnerable to negligence and abuse," adding that it can have a negative impact on children's "psycho-social development."
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.
The Ankara Fourth Administrative Court has ruled for a stay of execution in the case into the blacking out of news broadcaster TELE 1 for five days, İlhan Taşçı, a RTÜK member from the main opposition CHP, said. The ruling was issued unanimously, he also said.