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ANKARA — Turkey has fined a tele­vi­sion chan­nel for show­ing a mu­sic video by Pink that fea­tured “erotic dance fig­ures of a ho­mo­sex­ual na­ture”, a rul­ing made by its tele­vi­sion watch­dog showed.

Broad­caster AS TV was fined by the Turk­ish Ra­dio and Tele­vi­sion Supreme Coun­cil (RTUK) over the video for Se­crets, which it said “fea­tured erotic dance fig­ures of a ho­mo­sex­ual na­ture” and was shown dur­ing hours when chil­dren and young peo­ple could watch and be neg­a­tively in­flu­enced.

The video fea­tures same sex cou­ples danc­ing, some­times sug­ges­tively, against a graf­fiti wall. Grammy-award win­ning singer Pink has scored hits like What About Us and Raise Your Glass over a 20-year ca­reer.

The tele­vi­sion chan­nel was fined 17 000 Turk­ish li­ras for the clip. AS TV is a lo­cal tele­vi­sion chan­nel broad­cast­ing in the in­dus­trial west­ern city of Bursa.

The watch­dog has in the past fined broad­cast­ers over an ar­ray of is­sues, in­clud­ing kiss­ing scenes and adult lan­guage in tele­vi­sion shows, and in March was granted the author­ity to also su­per­vise and man­age on­line con­tent in the coun­try.

Sev­eral tele­vi­sion chan­nels have pre­vi­ously been fined for “erotic con­tent”. — Reuters.

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