Opposition CHP elects new representative for Turkey’s media watchdog

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) elected on Wednesday Okan Konuralp as the party’s new representative for Turkey’s media watchdog, the Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK).

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s communication director Konuralp is replacing veteran journalist Faruk Bildirici, who was sacked from the council last year after being accused of disclosing secret information about the institution and media service providers, T24 news site said.

Konuralp will hold one of three seats maintained by opposition parties at RTÜK.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) controls four seats on the council’s board, while its coalition partner far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) holds two seats.

Konuralp’s predecessor Bildirici was dismissed following a warning by RTÜK President Ebubekir Şahin against acting as a member of a political party.

Bildirici, for his part, maintains he was dismissed from the council due because of his opposition to RTÜK policies. 

The veteran journalist said he has filed three separate legal cases against RTÜK and will continue to object to the body’s outdated and unjust practices, T24 said.