“RTÜK Punished Thoughts on “Genocide” Voiced by Turkish Writer ” – Bianet

“The Radio and TV Supreme Council suspended the broadcast of a program on Haber Türk because writer Nişanyan thoughts on the “Armenian Genocide” supposedly exceeded the limits of criticism. Also the series “Lady’s farm” was found “against the Turkish family structure”.

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) decided to impose a broadcasting ban on the Turkish television station Haber Türk on the grounds of writer Sevan Nişanyan’s thoughts on the “Armenian genocide”. Nişanyan was guest at the program “One to one” hosted by Fatih Altaylı and had referred to the killing of a huge number of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915.

RTÜK took the decision on 15 June and notified Haber Türk on 21 June. The Council indicated that Nişanyan, one of several guests in the program, “exceeded the limits of criticism” with his statements that allegedly “humiliated the Republic of Turkey”.(…)”

Source : Bianet


“The crises of capitalism” par David Harvey – RSA Animate

Une des vidéos de la série “RSA Animate”, illustrant des conférences tenues à la Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Ces vidéos d’animation sont des petits chef-d’oeuvres à la fois d’intelligence et de vulgarisation scientifique.

La plupart des conférences données à la RSA sont disponibles en vidéo ou audio (toujours en anglais), soit directement sur le site de la RSA, soit en différé par podcast (ici, ou dans ITunes).

Cette vidéo a été postée le 26 juin 2010 sur le site de la RSA et illustre le propos de l’urbaniste et économiste marxiste David Harvey sur le capitalisme.

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“Turks Put Twist in Racy Soaps” – New York Times

From left, Kivanc Tatlitug, Selcuk Yontem and Beren Saat in a scene from “Ask-i Memnu,” the top-rated series in Turkey. Source : Doğan TV & New York Times

“[…] Just another day at the office for the stars of “Gumus,” the Turkish soap opera that during its two-year run here on Kanal D has offered Turks not only the daytime-television miracle of sexual foreplay, but the standard sudsy compendium of shotgun weddings, kidnappings, car accidents and crazy plot twists like the one when the dead girlfriend of the aforementioned married dreamboat turns out to be alive and the mother of his illegitimate baby.

Usual stuff to American aficionados of the genre. But Turkish television has given the soap a fresh twist by making the connivers, kidnappers and canoodlers Muslims. And it is Arab audiences, even more than Turks, who have been swept off their feet.

Led by “Gumus” (“Noor” in Arabic), a wave of Turkish melodramas, police procedurals and conspiracy thrillers — “Yaprak Dokumu,” “Kurtlar Vadisi,” “Asmali Konak,” “Ihlamurlar Altinda” and now the steamy “Ask-i Memnu,” the top-rated series in Turkey (think Madame Bovary on the Bosporus) — are making their way onto Arab televisions, wielding a kind of soft power. […]”

Source : New York Times

“Turkish Parliament discusses bill on RTÜK amid opposition” – Hürriyet Daily News

A government-backed draft on Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council, or RTÜK, will grant the body further authorization over broadcast supervision, according to opposition parties, who accuse the government of trying to control the media. Ruling party officials, however, reject the claims, arguing the motion is part of EU harmonization laws.

The government-led draft bill on Turkey’s television watchdog, or RTÜK, was discussed in Parliament’s Constitution Commission on Wednesday.

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, who is also responsible for Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council, or RTÜK, said the bill restructured the board and would bring solutions to the institution’s problems.(…)

Source : Hürriyet Daily News

“Double Standards at RTÜK?” – Bianet

“After the Radio and Television Supreme Council’s critical statement on the Israeli attack of aid ships for Gaza, Abakay from the Contemporary Journalists Association expects a statement from RTÜK on violations of press freedom in Turkey.

“Good morning! On which mountain did Kurds die?” – this is how the President of the Contemporary Journalists Association (ÇGD), Ahmet Abakay, addressed the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) in reference to the council’s statement on the Israeli attack on the aid ships for Gaza on 31 May. RTÜK had condemned the “interference against the freedom to obtain information and the media’s freedom to publish news and opinions”.

In their announcement, RTÜK had said, “Israel did not only unlawfully murder innocent people but also committed media terrorism”. Abakay condemned the Israeli attack and commented RTÜK’s statement, “This is unbelievable, how did that come to their mind?”(…)”

Source : Bianet

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