May 14 2018

Turkish TV cuts Akşener after she mentions constructors

Leading Turkish news channel NTV cut broadcasting a speech of presidential candidate Meral Akşener when she began to criticize the government’s policy towards the construction industry, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported.

Akşener said she will focus on city planning, rather than on building “unseemly” skyscrapers that ruin their skylines, according to Cumhuriyet.

The newspaper reported at the weekend that Akşener had been just 9 minutes of television coverage by the state-run TRT broadcasting company between April 17 and May 6 compared with 37 hours for the government as the country prepared to vote in snap presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24. It gave no TV time at all to the small opposition Felicity Party (SP) or the pro-Kurdish Democratic People's Party (HDP), Cumhuriyet said.

Akşener also said she would focus on building smaller hospitals that were easier to reach for patients, rather than huge structures of 700 beds or more that failed to function efficiently.

She said she would also encourage the building of new, state-of-the-art factories and help Turkey’s agricultural industry become world renowned again.

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