Foundation that demanded news access ban chaired by Erdoğan's son-in-law

Access to news on the last Istanbul municipal administration’s lavish spending on government-affiliated foundations was blocked at the request of one of the foundations, which is chaired by the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish news site T24 reported on Friday.

Online news reports reporting that the Istanbul municipality had paid around 847 million lira ($141 million) to charitable foundations, associations and school programmes were blocked in Turkey at the request of T3, a foundation chaired by Selçuk Bayraktar, who is married to Erdoğan’s daughter Sümeyye Bayraktar.

T3, which organises technology competitions for Turkish children, was the third biggest recipient on the list, having received over 41 million lira in 2018, according to a government report quoted by T24.

After the foundation’s request for a reporting ban was accepted, the authorities blocked access to a list of pages that had dealt with the story.

Money transferred to association with links to Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) stirred controversy earlier this year when it was revealed that hundreds of millions of lira had been paid to charitable foundations including several run by Erdoğan’s children.