Turkey: 72 hours for Western media to obtain a license – Politics

(ANSAmed) – ISTANBUL, FEBRUARY 9 – Turkish radio and telecommunications authorities Rtuk have given 72 hours to Euronews, Deutsche Welle and Voice of America to obtain a license necessary for the Turkish version of their sites to continue online, according to independent site T24, which cited statements published by Rtuk member Ilhan Tasci.

Tasci said that if foreign sites do not apply for the license, their sites will be blocked within days.

“Rtuk uses its authority over international media for the first time,” Tasci wrote on Twitter, noting that the institute has also been tasked with overseeing the web since 2019 and that “information that is not controlled cannot exist “.

Turkish television channels are regularly fined by Rtuk, in particular for programs where criticism of the government is expressed and deemed contrary to “national values”.

For these reasons, just a few days ago, seven private broadcasters were sanctioned, including Tele1, which was at the center of a recent controversy after the arrest of journalist Sedef Kabas accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. for quoting a proverb during a program broadcast by the channel. The journalist was imprisoned on January 22. A few days later, the Office of the Presidency of the Republic published a document indicating that “measures” will be adopted against television programs broadcasting content aimed at “harming national, moral, social and family values”. . (ANSAmed)

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