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Turkey blocks German and American media sites

Turkey blocks German and American media sites

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  • Mitra Nazar

    Turkey Reporter

  • Mitra Nazar

    Turkey Reporter

Turkey blocked access to all Deutsche Welle websites. Additionally, the VOA website in Turkish is no longer available.

Public broadcasters in Germany and America are being punished for not complying with the new rules introduced by the Turkish government this year.

Media companies that provide news in Turkish, even if they are foreign organizations, have to apply from now on for a license in Turkey. This puts them directly under the supervision of the Turkish media watchdog RTUK.

Implications for independence

Both news organizations refused to apply for the Turkish license due to concerns about the consequences for their independence. “In Turkey, licensed media are required to remove content if RTUK finds it objectionable. This is unacceptable for an independent news organisation,” said Peter Limburg, Director of Deutsche Welle.

The blockade of two famous foreign news organizations is seen as another blow to press freedom in Turkey. According to human rights groups, repression in the country is on the rise in the run-up to elections scheduled for June next year

Turkish language channels

Turkish media has been under tight state control for some time. Almost all major media outlets are owned by businessmen associated with Erdogan’s government. It is precisely for this reason that media outlets such as Deutsche Welle and Voice of America have started Turkish language channels. They want to balance the pro-government media.