Main opposition CHP to boycott CNN Türk

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Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) will boycott the TV channel CNN Türk due to its biased coverage against the party, opposition online news portal OdaTV reported on Feb. 4.

The CHP will also call on its voters not to watch the TV channel, in line with a decision taken at a recent Central Executive Meeting (MYK).

The party will initiate a disciplinary process against CHP politicians who appear on the programs of CNN Türk.

Apart from this, the CHP will file a complaint with CNN International about CNN Türk, asking them to launch an inquiry into its Turkish franchise due to its violation of “the basic principles of journalism.”

After OdaTV’s report was shared with the public, CNN Türk general manager Murat Yancı contacted the CHP headquarters and arranged an appointment, CHP adviser Mücahit Avcı announced on his Twitter on Feb. 5.

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Avcı also confirmed OdaTV’s report, saying: “In line with the boycott, it has been decided that no one from the CHP will appear on CNN Türk. Also, the CHP voters will be urged not to watch CNN Türk.”

CHP deputy Tuncay Özkan had previously criticized CNN Türk, likening it to the pro-government news channel A Haber. “In the program broadcasted by CNN Türk, which is no longer different than A Haber, there is no one who has been authorized to state the feelings and thoughts of the CHP,” Özkan had tweeted on Feb. 1.

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CNN Türk was established in 1999 in a partnership between Turner Broadcasting System International and Doğan Media Group, a company owned by Turkish business tycoon Aydın Doğan.

In 2018, the group was sold to Demirören Holding — a company known to have close links to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Since then, CNN Türk has been criticized for its coverage said to be favoring the AKP and taking a stance against the opposition.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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