Turkish authorities issue warning to Samanyolu TV for ‘biased’ broadcasts


Date posted: March 3, 2014

 İSTANBUL

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has issued a warning over news program “Derin Bakış” (Deep Glance), which is broadcast on Samanyolu News TV, on the grounds that the program is “biased,” only a week after it penalized Bugün TV for the same reason.

As part of the government’s efforts to derail a graft probe that has rocked the government, media outlets that have been publishing and broadcasting reports about corruption in the government are being penalized by state authorities on various grounds.

RTÜK’s recent warning was met with a harsh reaction from Metin Yıkar, news editor of the Samanyolu Haber news channel, who said the recent warning against Samanyolu News TV and the penalty imposed on Bugün TV show how a regulation that was adopted with the intention of ensuring equality of opportunity between political parties during election periods is being manipulated by pro-government circles.

Yıkar said: “There is currently a general perception that those who broadcast in a way that is not approved by the government are being punished. They [RTÜK] don’t say, ‘You are lying’ or ‘You are being slanderous,’ when they impose those punishments. We as Samanyolu News TV only broadcast what the allegations are, and we are trying to fulfill the requirements of our profession with a sense of responsibility. There is no other thing Samanyolu News TV is doing.”

Stating that the RTÜK penalties are heavy, Yıkar said there are some TV channels that are always broadcasting biased programs, adding: “Those channels are broadcasting lies and baseless slander during their programs. RTÜK is doing nothing against those TV channels, but it issues a serious warning against Samanyolu News TV, which is known for its fair broadcasting.”

The Supreme Election Board (YSK) last week asked RTÜK to impose a one week suspension of broadcasting for news program “Gündem Özel” (Special Agenda), which is shown on Thursday evenings on Bugün TV, on the grounds that the program was “biased,” and a documentary on Turkish birds will be broadcast in its place.

The YSK decided on a one-week broadcast suspension for the program due to biased broadcasting, which came after a previous warning on the same issue to the television channel.

According to Tarık Toros, the host of the program, the YSK’s penalty — upon the suggestion of the RTÜK — is an act of intimidation against media outlets that are bringing the corruption issue before the public.

Source: Todays Zaman , March 2, 2014


Related News

Bryan couple joins interfaith tour of Turkey

María de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda, Special Correspondent Perhaps curiosity first put the idea in their minds. Or perhaps it was simply the opportunity for exotic travel. But Freddie and Carrie Komar promptly realized that this was no ordinary tour. “When I started, this was just a trip to Turkey. But now,” Carrie paused and smiled, […]

Kimse Yok Mu chair Cingöz: Everyone feels some type of oppression in Turkey

Kimse Yok Mu was designated a nongovernmental organization in March 2002. It had started its work following a devastating earthquake in Turkey in August 1999. Kimse Yok Mu now reaches out to different regions of the world affected by catastrophes. It is officially recognized by Turkey as an association that works for “public interest.”

What I Saw In Turkey

Everywhere in Turkey, people are talking about the clampdown on the Turkish media. The situation is quite dire. At Samanyolu, a TV station, has 14 broadcast channels in Turkey, English, Arabic and Kurdish and dozens of radio stations and popular news portals. Foreign news chief, Adnan Tokkapi, said its general manager, Hidayet Karaca, has been held in prison without conviction since December 2014.

Kosovo’s Parliament To Probe Deportation Of Six Turks

Kosovo’s parliament on April 4 voted to establish a panel to investigate how and why six Turkish citizens who are opponents of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were arrested and deported to Turkey.

U.S. State Department, Citing Security, Suspends [Fulbright] Teaching Program in Turkey

In the wake of the coup attempt, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has conducted widespread purges of perceived adversaries. As a result, every university dean in Turkey was forced to resign. Some experts have raised questions about whether the university system will be able to function. The ripple effects to American academics are just starting to emerge.

State Islam versus civic Islam

Using the Hizmet movement, AK party wants to create a common enemy that would be recognized as such by different social groups. It demonizes the movement and makes it a target of the social opposition. But all these tricks and methods do not eliminate one basic truth. There is an unusual experience in Turkey. There is an ongoing war between “state Islam” and “civic Islam.”

Latest News

This notable Pocono resident has been living here in exile since 1999

Logistics companies seized over Gülen links sold in fast-track auction

That is Why the Turkish Government could Pay 1 Billion Euros

ECtHR rules Bulgaria violated rights of Turkish journalist who was deported despite seeking asylum

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences in the Wake of the Western European Floods

Pregnant woman kept in prison for 4 months over Gülen links despite regulations

Normalization of Abduction, Torture, and Death in Erdogan’s Turkey

Turkey’s Maarif Foundation illegally seized German-run school in Ethiopia, says manager

Failed 2016 coup was gov’t plot to purge Gülenists from state bodies, journalist claims

In Case You Missed It

Turkish businessmen’s helping hands reach out to Romanian flood victims

Filipina, infant freed from Turkish jail, but…

Erdoğan distorts Gülen’s NYT op-ed, says it is about Bank Asya operation

New constitution must bear spirit of Abant

TUSKON to gather 2,000 businessmen from all over world in İstanbul

Turkish-Arab forum focuses on gov’t oppression on Hizmet

Turkish-Armenian intellectual says failed coup staged to purge Gülen followers

Copyright 2021 Hizmet News