TELE 1 reporter puts on silent protest theatrics against Turkey’s media crackdown

Turkish journalist Can Ataklı put on a five-minute protest during a live televised broadcast on Thursday, protesting the latest TV network crackdown by Turkey’s media regulator.

On TELE 1’s “Gün Başlıyor” (The Day Begins) morning programme, Ataklı can be seen reading and silently reacting to front page headlines in Turkish newspapers.

The journalist’s display was a response to actions taken by the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), which issued a broadcast ban and fines against comments Ataklı made, ANKA news agency reported.

Since March, RTÜK has targeted TELE 1, Fox TV and Halk TV, all broadcasters critical of Turkish state policies.

Halk TV reported on Thursday that RTÜK handed the network a five-programme ban for having the Istanbul chairperson of Turkey’s main opposition party on the TV programme “Sözüm Var” (I Have A Promise).

On the programme, Canan Kaftancıoğlu had criticised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, saying, “I see the course of a change of power, even a change of system, and I think it will be so," RTÜK official İlhan Taşcı tweeted.

Halk TV said the Kaftancıoğlu’s words rekindled coup accusations made by Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party against Kaftancioglu and her Republican People’s Party.