Altun slams US comment on RTÜK licensing decision
The United States cannot criticize Turkish regulations while regulating foreign media activities on American soil, Presidential Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun said.
Altun’s comment was a response to US State Department spokesman Ned Price, who had previously expressed concern over the Supreme Council of Turkish Radio and Television’s (RTÜK) decision calling on three international organizations to media to apply for a license.
Stating that Price’s criticism of RTÜK’s regulations is baseless in a post he shared on his social media account, Altun said: “Sovereignty and reciprocity are the cornerstones of international relations. . The United States cannot criticize Turkey’s regulations while regulating foreign media activities on American soil,”
The era of inequality in bilateral relations is over, Altun wrote on Twitter on February 24.
On February 21, RTÜK released statements indicating that, according to respective regulations, dw.com.tr (Deutsche Welle), tr.euronews.com (Euronews) and amerikanınsesi.com (Voice of America) must apply for a license. online broadcast.
“The United States is concerned about the Supreme Council of Turkish Radio and Television’s decision to extend government control over free media by applying broadcast requirements to VOATurkish and other online media,” Price wrote on Twitter.
License applications are not a barrier to broadcasting, it’s just a technical requirement, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiç also said in response to Price’s comments.
“[Turkish Radio and Television Corporation] TRT complies with the regulations applicable to its activities in the United States. Is it censorship? We expect the same from VOATurkish and others,” Bilgiç said on Twitter.