Turkey’s media watchdog cancels five broadcasts for news programme critical of AKP gov’t

Duvar English

Turkey’s Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) issued a penalty to cancel the broadcast of a news program on the opposition news broadcaster Halk TV May 1.

Ayşenur Arslan’s program “Medya Mahallesi” (“media neighborhood” in Turkish) will also be paying a monetary fine.

The broadcaster Halk TV was founded with the initiative of former main opposition leader from Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal, and is best known for its continued coverage of the 2013 Gezi Park protests amid broadcast bans.

RTÜK member from CHP İlhan Taşcı slammed the watchdog institution for what he deemed to be obvious bias.

“RTÜK has completely proven its partisanship for the government. In the meeting today, all critical broadcasters were heavily penalized by the palace’s wishes and with forced reports,” Taşcı said on social media.

The decision comes weeks after a three-time cancellation on the evening news program of Fox TV on the grounds that anchor Fatih Portakal had “incited hatred and polarization.”

The RTÜK penalties on Fox TV had followed an official complaint about Portakal on the grounds that he had “lied” and made manipulative remarks.

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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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