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Radio and Television Supreme Council (Turkey)

Radyo ve Televizyon Üst Kurulu - RTÜK

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Presentation of the Radio and Television Supreme Council

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (website) was established in 1984 as "an administratively and financially autonomous and impartial public legal authority for the regulation and supervision of radio, television and on demand media services which are under the jurisdiction of Republic of Turkey" (Article 34 of Law No. 6,112 [text], adopted on 15 February 2011 and published on 3 March 2011 in the Turkish official gazette, No. 27,863).

On March 28, 2018, an amendment to Turkey's radio and television legislation entered into force, enabling the RTUK to monitor radio, television and on-demand broadcast content on the Internet, and to address complaints to a magistrate judge to block access to illegal content within 24 hours. The law applies to local broadcasters, but also to foreign-based media service providers offering services in the country.

Two weeks ago, the Turkish government proposed a bill to allow the Turkish media authority (RTÜK) to regulate all content posted online to prevent broadcasts that “jeopardize national security” and “destroy moral values.”.
Meaning: The scale of censorship will broaden to include online platforms such as YouTube and Netflix in the very near future. The RTÜK already monitors Turkish media. Couples making love or kissing are considered obscene and “against moral values” so even Oscar-winning movies are “simplified” and scenes cut. All kinds of alcohol and smoking scenes are blurred.
Many people after good content have turned online. This is why platforms such as Netflix, Turkish BluTV or Puhu represent a breath of fresh air not only for producers, but also for viewers. Then there is the rise of YouTube. Heretofore these outlets were the ultimate places of freedom for Turkish people but now they face censorship as conventional television.
[Hürriyet Daily News, 19 February 2018]

Ivan Sache, 10 December 2018

Flag of the Radio and Television Supreme Council

The flag of the RTÜK (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is white with the agency's emblem.

Ivan Sache, 10 December 2018