Turkish nationalists want their own Disney magic

Turkey’s far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), in coalition with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has pledged to inspire the creation of a national animated film industry if elected in snap elections planned for June 24.

“In order to prevent children becoming influenced by foreign cultures through computer games, a national computer game-writing industry and national animated film industry must be incentivised,” the party’s manifesto said.

The party also pledged to promote the production of space technologies and the development of Turkey’s own anti-missile system, among other economic pledges.

It emphasised that the state should keep tight control over education and that no education should take place in languages other than Turkish, in contrast to demands by Kurdish organisations that the way be opened up for mother tongue education for minorities.