TURKEY BANS TV, RA­DIO DAT­ING SHOWS

4,000 more civil ser­vants purged

New Straits Times - - World -

ISTANBUL and more than 1,000 Turk­ish mil­i­tary personnel. It also re­in­stated 236 peo­ple to their jobs.

The sec­ond de­cree, among other things, banned ra­dio and tele­vi­sion pro­grammes for “find­ing friends and spouses” by adding a clause to the ar­ti­cle on pro­tect­ing chil­dren in Turkey’s me­dia law. The shows will not be allowed to air with­out TV con­tent rat­ing sym­bols.

Dat­ing pro­grammes draw high rat­ings and large ad­ver­tis­ing rev­enues, and have been a hot topic this year.

Pe­ti­tions have called for their bans and law­mak­ers across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum have crit­i­cised the pro­grammes as hav­ing a negative in­flu­ence on fam­i­lies.

Gov­ern­ment spokesman Nu­man Kur­tul­mus de­scribed them as con­trary to Turk­ish cus­toms and re­li­gion.

The state of emer­gency that fol­lowed last sum­mer’s coup at­tempt has allowed the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment to rule by decrees.

Since then, more than 47,000 peo­ple have been ar­rested and 100,000 have been purged for al­leged con­nec­tions to ter­ror or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Turkey said United States­based cleric Fethul­lah Gulen or­ches­trated the coup at­tempt. He de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. AP

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