Turkish TV watchdog fines channel for website content

Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog RTÜK has set a new precedent by issuing a fine to a channel that included offensive language on its website, pro-government newspaper Akşam said.

The fine came when Show TV posted a clip of a sweary character from the hit mafia TV show Çukur (The Pit) without the usual heavy censorship on its website.

“Although the aforementioned expressions were reflected on the screen in a ‘beeped’ fashion, the swearing expressions were broadcast ‘unbeeped’ in the uncensored shows in the series on Show TV’s official internet site,” the RTÜK decision stated.

A draft law that would enable RTÜK to regulate online video content is in the works, but the body appears to have begun regardless.